Food Network has an article up with 'hacks' to get through your Thanksgiving responsibilities.
One of the hints is "Corkscrew as Guest Deflector"- now, what they mean by this is having a few tasks already in mind for when guests ask "How can I help?"
But deflector? Ouch. I will admit that sometimes I *do* need people to get out of my kitchen. And I usually just say, "OK, I'm about to do something complicated and I will need my concentration." Sometimes they stay to cheer me on, and sometimes they scoot and give me a moment. (Especially if I start cursing. If I were to curse. Obviously, no one ever curses on Thanksgiving Day. Unless their beloved Packers are playing and having certain difficulties...)
What's on your list for when people want to help?
Do you have tasks in mind for when you're hosting events over the holidays?
When life isn't going well, and well-meaning folks want to share some burden of yours?
How about in the day by day interactions of a life?