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15 ways to win the holiday season as a couple

Krissy Brady is a women’s health + lifestyle writer who’s so out of shape, it’s like she has the innards of an 80-year-old. Instead of learning how to crochet, she decided to turn her emotional baggage into a writing career (genius, no?)...

Holiday survival strategies for you and your sig-o (you know, so he/she stays your sig-o)

The holidays are almost here, ladies, and you know what that means — it's time for you and your beau to batten down the hatches so your relationship doesn't spontaneously combust from all the pressure. (Were those jingle bells, or did the rest of your marbles just fall out?) Here are 15 survival strategies to keep on file so your holidays don't morph into hell-idays:

1. First, make a pact that you're in this together.

Holiday survival strategies for you and your sig-o (you know, so he/she stays your sig-o)

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2. Have a lot of sex leading up to your travels, since by the time New Year's rolls around you'll be virgins again.

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3. Decide who you have to visit as a couple and set dates for the visits. Lock that shit down.

Holiday survival strategies for you and your sig-o (you know, so he/she stays your sig-o)

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4. Periodically remind each other: There's you you…

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5. Then there's holiday you. One isn't responsible for the other.

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6. Memorize fake illnesses for each other in case you need to bust them out at a work party.

Holiday survival strategies for you and your sig-o (you know, so he/she stays your sig-o)

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7. Or, be each other's alibis to skip the icky work parties altogether.

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8. Lay all of your family baggage out on the table.

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9. Draw each other a map of every hiding place available at your parents' houses so you don't end up doing this:

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10. Pinky swear that any embarrassing stories told by drunk relatives will not be held against you in a court of law.

Holiday survival strategies for you and your sig-o (you know, so he/she stays your sig-o)

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11. Schedule meetings in the bathroom to discuss strategy.

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12. Decide on a safe word for when you're about to go batshit.

Holiday survival strategies for you and your sig-o (you know, so he/she stays your sig-o)

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13. When all else fails, drink…

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14. And maybe set aside some bail money. You know, just in case.

Holiday survival strategies for you and your sig-o (you know, so he/she stays your sig-o)

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15. Finally, decide on how you're going to celebrate your relationship's survival so you have something to look forward to.

Holiday survival strategies for you and your sig-o (you know, so he/she stays your sig-o)

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