Introduction:Do your relatives make you nuts during the holidays, bickering over hosting, bad-mouthing each other and squabbling over Christmas dinner menus? Ever wish you had the nerve to ditch them all and strike out on your own? Review this list for creative excuses to get you out of those torturous holiday obligations so you can relax and have a peaceful, stress-free Christmas.
Whether it's Hawaiian, Mediterranean or a Disney cruise, a holiday cruise (a la author John Grisham in his novel "Skipping Christmas") is a great excuse for ditching the family Christmas dinner. Just be careful not to disclose your plans too early; your more obnoxious kin may decide to join you in your cruise itinerary.
Tell your relatives you have to work and can't get out of it. What, your office is closed? Volunteer to work at the local soup kitchen, hospital or homeless shelter. Not only will you get to ditch the relatives, you will also do some good in your community.
Tell everyone you were drafted by Santa to help with the last minute rush. If you time this announcement carefully (ie, in front of small children) no one will dare to question this tactic.
Conveniently expose yourself to something highly contagious, like flu or chicken pox. Develop a cough and lounge around in your pajamas. Not only will you get out of the torturous holiday dinner, but you will receive sympathy, get-well cards and chicken soup.
Pray for a fresh, deep snowfall or even an ice storm. Call the relatives and tell them the streets are impassable and you are snowbound. Can't help it, so sorry; maybe next year!
You know you'd miss even cranky Aunt Myrtle if you ditch Christmas! Keep a positive attitude and determine that you will go and enjoy the good, overlook the bad. Holidays are all about spending time with family; you can stay home all the other days of the year!
I don't know about the quarantining part...the relatives would have to be pretty bad to purposely get sick. But I'll pray for snow, definitely.
I like the humor in this list to call off or skip Christmas.
I like the idea of helping Santa. I'll polish Rudolph's nose!
I wish I'd had these ideas a few years ago! (Just kidding.) I like your resourcefulness!
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