Around this time a couple of years ago, I led a workshop on successfully navigating family gatherings during the holidays.
One of the biggest takeaways was the importance of preparing ahead of time.
How do you want to feel during the gathering? What do you want to contribute? What do you want to avoid?
Maybe there's an activity or conversation topic you want to find a way to introduce. Or a conversation you need to have with someone prior to the gathering. Or a shift in perspective available that would help you enjoy yourself more. Or an exit strategy to prepare.
There are always things you can do to set yourself up for success, but if you don't think about it until the family has arrived and everyone has already started falling into their typical roles and patterns, your influence will be limited.
What are you going to do to make this the best Thanksgiving it can be?
I would love to hear your plans, and anything else you've learned about family gatherings that has been helpful to you.