Sometimes, when you've spent lots of time with extended family, you need to blow off steam. From what I've been reading recently on the blogosphere, some families like to blow off steam by engaging in various forms of psychological warfare. Might I suggest a different approach?
Last Friday night we brought in Tex Mex for dinner. After dinner the littlest kids were getting restless. There was danger for those lingering at the dinner table of launching into a heated political debate. Hopped up on too much root beer and "binge bonding" the kids were headed for a mass melt down and the adults were not far behind.
My brother suggested a game of Kick the can. Even the teenagers thought this was a capital idea. So we bundled up and headed out; from the six year old to the fifty six year old. Creeping around fences, hiding in trees, skulking behind cars. So dark out it was hard to tell who was who in the lightly falling snow. Hearts pounding, freezing in place if anyone came close to where you were hiding. And the exhilaration of kicking the can! Your comrades in "jail" cheering you on!
Consider this: the next time you see trouble brewing as dinner table conversations veer towards age-old "hot button" topics such as politics, religion, career choice, parenting style or whatinthenameofgoddidyoudotoyourhair? Go outside and kick something. You'll be glad you did.