5 Ways to Survive the Holidays With Your Family: A Movie Lover's Guide


Don't Let Family Members Visit With Their Pets

Well, this is a disaster waiting to happen.
Well, this is a disaster waiting to happen.
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Sure, you want to be the perfect holiday hostess, but making concessions for four-legged houseguests can be more trouble than it's worth.

Even if you're an animal-lover, it's not normally a good idea to allow visiting relations to bring their slobbering pooches or long-haired, allergy-inducing cats when they visit. Besides the unavoidable disruption the interloping visitors will cause to your home (and super-formal Christmas Eve dinner), there are any number of things that can go wrong with furry friends afoot.

A certain scene from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" sticks out in our minds -- you know the one we're talking about, right? If not, just know that the electric lights on your tree and nibbling kitties don't mix.