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B-I-N-G-O Home, Everybody. Party’s Over.

A man in California emailed recently to tell me how after Christmas dinner last year, his brother drunkenly declared his love for his sister-in-law, the man’s own wife. Another man in Georgia told me how his father threatened to call the police to his holiday family gathering several years ago.

Nathan Willi, a 24-year-old electronics salesman in Peoria, Ill., is bracing for family fights about football this year. Fourteen of his family members graduated from Notre Dame. Mr. Willi went to Michigan. “I will stay at the Christmas dinner for as long as I can tolerate the extended family’s arrogance,” he says.

One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn’t belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the others by the time I finish my song? If you guessed the football people, you’re right! Anyway, the rest of this WSJ article is about turning problems that are bound to arise at your family’s holiday dinner into a “fun” bingo game.

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