Hot.Thanksgiving is nearly upon us (assuming you’re in the US), and that means a couple of things: possibly seeing your family for the first time in months, packing up for the weekend, and happily ignoring that looming essay on post-structuralist critique of modern art while hanging out with friends in the name of a holiday where you can fill yourself with 3,000 calories in a sitting. It’s no wonder that it’s my favorite holiday. With that in mind, here are a few articles from the archives to help you out as you head towards the holiday.

Explaining Your Major to Friends and Family: I wrote this when I was a wee new writer, and it still holds true. If you’re heading home for the first time since starting school (or since declaring your major) and are dreading the questions of well-meaning relatives and family friends, take a look at it. At the very least, given that all of the examples are pulled from my friends, it will let you know that you’re not alone in fearing insensitive comments from your nearest and dearest.

A Mother’s Request to Her Tech-Savvy Offspring: Did you know that our founder’s mom once wrote us a guest post? True fact! Remember, y’all: just because you’re in college doesn’t mean that you get to be rude. If you’re heading home for Thanksgiving, hang out with your family and put away the gadgets while you do so. It will make you look like the considerate kid we all know that you are.

Bundle Packing Video: If you’re flying home for the holiday, check out Chris’s explanation of bundle packing. It allows you to put a week’s worth of clothes–including a fancy blazer for dinner–in a single suitcase. You don’t want to lug multiple bags home from school, and you don’t want your clothes getting all wrinkly. This circumvents both of those problems. (Plus it gives you something to talk about with your relatives!)

Drinking Games: These are external links, but if you’ll be imbibing this holiday why not make it fun? If you’re heading home, here is one for you (and a bonus one from Jezebel). If you’ll be with friends, turn on the Food Network and play this instead. There is also the option to gamify the Macy’s Parade, if you are so inclined, but I cannot find anyone who has already done so online. This shocks me, so commenters should feel free to leave their suggestions so the readership can play along.

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