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Dysfunctional Thanksgivings

What's Your Thanksgiving Escape?

Out promoting his new movie I Love You Phillip Morris, Jim Carrey remembered Thanksgivings with his drink-loving grandparents.

"My grandfather was a major drunk, is it politically correct to say that? Okay, let's say he had a substance abuse problem. And my grandmother had one too! It was hilarious on a certain level but then they would corner my parents and make them feel like crap for about three hours . . . Just when my father was red-faced and ready to leave, I would turn around and start doing impressions of all of them."

His escape turned into a career, and though his grandparents are no longer around, he says not to worry. "I've got plenty of other drunken relatives. I like to sit in the kitchen with them, smoke cigarettes, and talk about people." That's one way of dealing with it, but most of us need an escape when confronting a dysfunctional family holiday.

Even if you get excited to see your family, functional or not, all-day interaction can test the best of us. Whether it's disappearing for 30 minutes or planning a night out with friends, how do you retreat from the Thanksgiving madness?

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totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
Because most of my family members are out of the country,I don't realy have to deal with drama on Thanksgiving.But when we do get together with them, there isn't that much drama. My family is so big and my grandmother's place is also big that it is easy to avoid those that you don't want to see. When drama does occur, I just leave the
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