You've got to learn to plan ahead... think outside the box and do things a little differently than the rest of the world. The sooner you learn this, your life will be so much simpler and you will have more peace. Unfortunately, we don't all learn from our mistakes. At least I don't. I should know better... If you don't have to be on the road the Friday before a major holiday, STAY HOME! Go the night before or the next day. Get your stuff done earlier in the week. Avoid the traffic at all cost. It will make a world of difference in your enjoyment of the holiday.