Thanksgiving is this week, and we all know what that means: well-meaning family members will start asking you the most awkward questions.
“Are you dating anyone yet?”
“How’s the job hunt going?”
“What happened to your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner?”
No thank you. How do you answer these questions without seeming like a loser to your whole family? Well, luckily, I have come up with a fool-proof solution. Introducing: Alibi Mad Libs.
Simply fill in the parts of each sentence with an appropriate noun, verb, adjective, etc., and BOOM! Awkward family dinner is a little less awkward. There’s one for every situation, such as:
GOING STAG TO DINNER
Hi, (significant family member), I can’t bring anyone to the family dinner/party/gathering because I (verb) at (noun) at the moment. Needless to say, I am too busy at this point in time to find anyone to bring. That being said, I will not be accompanied to the dinner/party/gathering this year.
Example: Hi, Mom, I can’t bring anyone to the family dinner because I kick ass at The United Nations at the moment. Needless to say, I am too busy at this point in time to find anyone to bring. That being said, I will not be accompanied to the dinner this year.
See? Super easy. Not convinced yet? Well, here’s another Alibi Mad Lib for:
ANNOUNCING A BREAK-UP
Hey there, (significant family member), (name of S.O.) will not be joining me to the family dinner/party/gathering because they (verb) a/at (noun) while I was (verb/adverb) (noun) to (noun). Needless to say, (name of S.O.) and I are no longer together.
Example: Hey there, Dad, Tom will not be joining me to the family hodown because he conquered a planet while I was donating food to homeless shelters. Needless to say, Tom and I are no longer together.
Now, your family doesn’t have to know the real reason why you and your Significant Other broke up, but with this Alibi Mad Lib, they look like the douchebag!
Let’s say, though, that one of your loved ones asks you an uncomfortable question. We all know this is going to happen; it’s a matter of when, not if. Well, fear no more, because there’s an Alibi Mad Lib for that!
ANSWERING UNWANTED QUESTIONS (POLITELY)
Well, (significant family member) I would have a job/S.O./new place/clue about my life if I wasn’t (adverb) (verb) the (noun) in order to (verb) my/a/the (noun).
Example: Well, Great-Grammy, I would have a job if I wasn’t bravely battling the Fire Nation in order to save my people.
And there you have it! Fool-proof solutions to those awkward holiday situations. I know I’ll be using one or two of these on Thursday, for sure! If you do wind up using any of these, let me know on Nerd•ily’s Facebook page! Don’t forget to Like it to receive updates on new posts, and see cool things I find on the internet.
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*Featured Image comes from Awkward Family Photos, and was submitted to that site by Mary in Canada.