Severely limit your entertainment options - Part 1
First off make sure the television in the living room is unplugged, and then sever your cable connection using wire-cutters. If your loved ones have anything remotely entertaining to distract themselves from the horrible time they should be having, then things won't be a total failure, and they have to be a total failure for this to be a success. Once the cable connection is severed, then pour applesauce into you DVD or BluRay player. This should short-circuit the machine and render it unusable. Good job!