5 Good Laughs to Get Through the Holidays

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece 10 Ways to Handle the Holidays. But fuck it, now it’s December 25 and that list, while helpful, seems like a distant second to a margarita on the rocks, hold everything but the tequila.

The reality is that although that list was a great warming up exercise it’s not AS handy in the midst of chaos. It’s also easy to forget. So as a small gesture to all of my fellow grievers, (there’s got to be a more poignant alternative but it’s short notice) I have assembled a series of things that will make you laugh. And a few tips to help you cope.

1. Watch Schweddy Balls with Alec Baldwin: A Classic Holiday SNL Skit

2. Carry around ‘I’m sorry’ holiday-themed cards.

I'm Sorry Holiday Cards

'I'm sorry' holiday-themed cards

3. Read Jimmy Fallon’s hashtag #hohohellno & come up with one of your own.

I liked this one: RT @gerardbradford: You say you can’t afford to get me a gift, but you got a giant inflatable snowglobe in your front yard? #hohohellno

4. Remember no one has the perfect family.

When others are being insensitive or you feel like you’re not doing enough just remember no one has a perfect. Check out these awkward family photos.

My favorites:

Awkward Family Photos

5. Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song is hysterical!

Take care of yourself. Let other people take care of you. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember to laugh and smile. You’ll always miss your loved ones but as the years pass your coping mechanisms improve.

Do you have other clips, jokes, or websites that make you laugh even in the midst of holiday madness? Share them with us in the comments section.

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