The most important part of heading home for Thanksgiving isn’t the meal. Though you might've loved the turkey, stuffing, and pie as a kid, as an adult, all you can see is the steep emotional price of the smorgasbord.

When you were young, you might've noticed that Uncle Ned drank a little too much wine with dinner, or that Aunt Janine introduced you to a new uncle the year after Uncle Ned drank too much wine with dinner, but you didn’t think much of it. Now that you're old enough to leave home (and return), you're old enough to be sucked into the insane emotional vortex of family.

Thankfully, everyone else has a family to deal with too. That's why it's a time-honored tradition to head to the bar the night before the feast. Unfortunately, there are just as many potential obstacles to enjoyment at your local watering hole as there are at the dinner table.

Get familiar with the ghosts of high school's past so that you can focus on the girl you made crude drawings of in study hall. Here are the 10 types of people you see at your hometown bar on the night before Thanksgiving.

Written by Brenden Gallagher (@muddycreekU)

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