Every Thanksgiving, the family comes together to spend days on end under one roof. There will be fights, new alliances and the occasional moment of real family unity. Yet, through it all, there is a specific cast of family members you are guaranteed to have to deal with. Here are 11 of the people you’ll be forced to interact with during the Thanksgiving holiday.
1. The “Perfect” Prima
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We all know who she is. She spends that whole day doing everything she can to help everyone and will be highly regarded as the prima you should be like. What’s so frustrating is that she only acts this way when all of the tías and tíos are around. Behind closed doors though, she’s sneaking tequila from the liquor cabinet and swearing up a storm. Good thing your parents see through this perfect exterior.
2. The Gift-From-God Primo
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He swears he’s so suave and that all of the girls back home hang all over him. How? You still haven’t figured that out but you know when he is close because you can smell his extra strong cologne from a mile away. Who knows? Maybe this year he will finally grow up and just chill out with the whole smooth criminal act. But he probably won’t. It doesn’t help that all the tias think he’s perfect. Mira que guapo, mi niño! ?
3. The Judgmental Tía
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If looks could kill she would have wiped out the family decades ago. She’s the tía that hasn’t had the greatest track record with love, or sobriety, but she loves to throw others under the bus with one side eye. You would say something but disrespecting her as an absolute no-go. So you just let her judge because you’re a good person.
4. The Drunk AF Tío
No one knows the moment he goes too far with his booze because he typically shows up buzzed with a case of beer under his arm. Sure he gets a little annoying but he makes the party so much more fun. Plus, he is really good about distracting the family so you can sneak a couple drinks.
5. The Random Non-Latino
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Whether it is one of your mom’s friends or one of your primos’ friends, or someone’s boyfriend or girlfriend, there is always a non-Latino joining the party. It’s cool though because they are usually the life of the party, trying their best to dance like everyone else and never quite nail it.
6. The Unstoppable Dancer
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We all have that one tío that never stops dancing once the music comes on. Seriously. It is like he danced through the door and just doesn’t stop until he gets in the car to go home. How does anyone have that kind of stamina?
7. The Pet Whisperer
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If you have a dog or cat, then there is going to be someone who spends all of their time cuddling up to the littlest member of the family. Most likely it will be one of the kids but it’ll probably be you. It’s the one moment of peace and quiet you’ll get.
8. The Single Tía
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While your judgmental tía isn’t single by choice, there is that one tía that has chosen to be alone and it looks great on her. She is all the goals you could ever dream of with her career, amazing clothes and flawlessness. You secretly wish you were her because she seems to be the happiest person at the family gathering.
9. The Super Close Talker
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Why are people like this? Sure, you might be family but why does that one person have to get right up in your face to tell you something. It is even worse if they are the person that has the bad breath. You know who that is.
10. The Extra AF Prima
Before extra was a mainstream term there was that one cousin who lived that sh*t to the fullest. They always show up late and ready for a fun time. Are you the extra AF cousin? If you have to ask then chances are yes.
11. The Food Thief
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This is the person that never brings anything and complains about how long it takes for the food to be ready. Then, at the end of the meal, you will always find them in the kitchen loading up plate after plate of food to take home. You could get mad but it’s cool. We’re all family, and you love them. But you know your mom will have some words to say about it later.