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Strategy #4: Become a Participant Observer (cont.)

Dysfunctional Family Bingo  
A few weeks before the holidays, gather with friends and provide each person with a bingo card.  Print out this blank bingo card to bring with you.  

Each player fills in her bingo squares with dysfunctional phrases or actions that are likely to surface at her particular family party. For example, if you dread the inevitable "So when are you going to get married?" that question goes in one square of your bingo card.

Take your finished cards to your respective family gatherings. Whenever you observe something that appears on your bingo card, mark off that square. The first person to get bingo must sneak off to the nearest telephone, call the other players, and announce her victory. If no one has a full bingo, the person who has the largest number of filled-out squares wins the game. The winner shall be determined at the post holiday meeting, where she will be granted the ever gratifying free lunch.