What would make you open an email a few days before Christmas?  I’m sick of the Christmas deals those hyped-up marketers are still cramming into my inbox. I’m winding down from work too.

But like most people I’ve talked to, I crave advice on dealing with one or more touchy family situations.

Marketers, you can fool me into reading those pitches once you’ve calmed me down. As my last-minute Christmas gift back at ya, here are 11 email subject lines that woul entice my friends and I to open your email:

  1. Smile politely while spitting that inedible Christmas cake into your napkin: 3 tips
  2. What if everyone brings jello?
  3. An Alzheimer Christmas. What to do when Granny won’t stop yelling
  4. Uncle Sid has passed out in the mashed potatoes again: help or ignore?
  5. How to get the in-laws to go home, without risking war
  6. Silent night, no more: how to start a conversation with cousins you haven’t seen in years and never liked
  7. Whining kids-how to make them sleep, in the spirit of the season but without spirits
  8. Survive carols with the tone deaf: how to sing LOUD
  9. When cats, dogs and other species mix: a furniture survival guide
  10. Do you mention food spilled on the face — or other places?
  11. 11 foolproof excuses to leave early

I’ve survived most of these situations by laughing. That way, they don’t spoil all the wonderful ones.

Thanks for the photo.

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  • December 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm
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    I would read these too! Thanks for posting, Barb. And Merry Christmas! Thanks so much for the book, received today. I am so happy for you and excited to see the book in paperback form. Looks great. And more importantly, Write Like You Talk — Only Better is a must-read for anyone who needs to write for an organization.

  • December 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm
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    I would read these too! Thanks for posting, Barb. And Merry Christmas! Thanks so much for the book, received today. I am so happy for you and excited to see the book in paperback form. Looks great. And more importantly, Write Like You Talk — Only Better is a must-read for anyone who needs to write for an organization.

  • December 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm
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    I would read these too! Thanks for posting, Barb. And Merry Christmas! Thanks so much for the book, received today. I am so happy for you and excited to see the book in paperback form. Looks great. And more importantly, Write Like You Talk — Only Better is a must-read for anyone who needs to write for an organization.

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