The family party is one of those traditions that requires a little bit of help from the liquor cabinet. Rather than just throwing drinks back and embarrassing your mother, take a more calculated approach by following these rules:

Take a sip:

Every time a family member asks you to explain what you do for work

Every time someone asks if you’re seeing someone

If a dish is over/undercooked

Someone mentions Trump

Finish your drink:

Someone brings fruitcake

You have to sit at the kids’ table

You get a gift that they really, really shouldn’t have…

And if you manage to escape one of those painful finance conversations with your uncle, go hide in the bathroom and reward yourself with a shot.