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You might want to hide the knives this Thanksgiving.
That's because apparently it's not all happiness and joy around the dinner table, according to a new iVillage poll. A whopping 65 percent of survey respondents said their family has disagreements -- and not just about pumpkin pie versus pecan -- and 68 percent are expecting someone to get on their nerves during the holiday.
Top Thanksgiving complaints among the iVillage audience? Having to spend time with family rather than doing something they really want to do, eating or drinking too much, the hostess feeling that she's being left with all the work to do alone, and what to watch on TV or what music to listen to.
No surprise, then, that almost half of poll takers (47 percent) said the holiday will be stressful this year. (If you're part of that 47 percent, find support and get tips on how to handle holiday stress with from our Community.) Much of the stress is due to having to clean the house, according to respondents, in addition to family tensions, cooking, finding recipes to please the whole family, money and finance, overindulging on food or drink, and accommodating guests.
When it comes to those guests, just who is causing the most agitation? Mothers- and sisters-in law, followed by fathers- and brothers-in-law, according to 57 percent of women who are not hosting the holiday. But their own families were not far behind, with 50 percent reporting that their own mother, sister, brother, father and/or children will be the ones who really get on their nerves.
Maybe they need to drink more? Of those playing host this Thanksgiving, 43 percent will not be serving liquor, and 34 percent will be cutting down on the hard stuff. But the news is not all doom and gloom: 79 percent of revelers say they are looking forward to a peaceful Thanksgiving with no drama, and 64 percent are "so excited" about this year's turkey day, saying, "I love everything about it!"
With just a few days to go until green bean casseroles start popping out of ovens around the nation, 31 percent of iVillagers reported being calm because everything was already done except for the celebrating, and another 23 percent said, "I'm great," because they weren't lifting a finger for Thanksgiving. Still, 32 percent were in denial, having not yet thought about the holiday, and 14 percent were downright panicked with "no idea how I'm going to get this all done!"
Deep breaths, ladies. And don't worry so much about Thanksgiving. Why not save some of that dread -- uh, joy -- for Hanukkah and Christmas?
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