'Modern Girl's Guide' to Surviving the Holidays

Author Jane Buckingham offers advice on how to survive the holidays with grace and good humor.
3:20 | 12/25/15

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Transcript for 'Modern Girl's Guide' to Surviving the Holidays
Now to those kind of awkward holiday moments we all sometimes have to deal with at some point in our lives from relatives fighting at the dinner table to getting a not so great gift to, of course, family singalongs like this one in "Love the coopers." ? Ah, ah, Gloria in excelsis deo ? I know that -- I've been there, that's so funny. It might be my mom. So good. I actually might be that person. So this morning we're giving you the gift of great advice from our friend Jane bugging ham author of "The modern girl's guide to life" with us to tell us how to survive the holidays with grace and good humor. The number one piece of advice. The number one piece of advice, remember you're there to be there and be with your family and be present so as horrible and stressful in those moments you want to wring their necks, take five minutes, go into the other room and pause and go back in with grace and kindness. Such a great piece of advice. That's always good. Count to ten my mom used to say. Chances are you will not say what you wanted to say after those ten seconds pass. All right, so we're going to play a little game now. We love a game even on Christmas. So here's how it's going to go. It's called the modern girl's guide to surviving the holidays. Jane will give us an awkward scenario and we three have to guess the right way to handle it, a, B or C. One completely inappropriate. Jane, take it away. Okay so your first awkward situation is you're given a gift that is obviously regifted. Okay. So how do you handle it, you accept it graciously and ignore that it was regifted. B, you point out that it was a regift and you make a huge rude scene about it, or you acknowledge that it's a regift but express your gratitude? You're all wrong. All right. Here's the thing -- I'm kidding. If it's obviously a regift, it's going to be that elephant in the room. It could be but you sort of want to say -- You have to say it. You have to say it. No. I'm not good with that. It's going to hang between you. Someone gives you a gift but you don't have one for them. That happens a lot so you totally fake it and you go, oh, my god, I just forgot your gift and -- Your gift is coming. It's in the mail, right? You accept the gift and then you just apologize. I'm so sorry, I didn't have one for you. Or you kind of blame them and you sort of go, we didn't talk about it, right? I didn't know we were -- I know you'll say this is the right one but this is what I would do. You're right, oh, wait, you're not right. You're right. You accept the gift from them and then apologize and say, I'm so sorry and I didn't know we were giving gifts. You should always be truthful but I'm -- I would run immediately to Starbucks and buy a gift card. You're a good human being. As always, Jane, thank you so much. You guys can get even more of Jane's holiday survival guide on our website, goodmorningamerica.com. Jane, that was really fun. Thank you.

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