The holidays can be tricky when it comes to dating and new relationships. Should you invite your new boo to your family Thanksgiving dinner, go to their family dinner, or neither?
You may think it’s too early in the relationship to expose your new sweetie to a house full of turkey-drunk relatives, and that’s okay. If things get serious, there will be many more Thanksgivings to spend together in your future. There is a chance, however, that you may be invited to their family Thanksgiving – in which case, you should be prepared.
Here are some Dos and Don’ts to keep in mind for Thanksgiving dates:
DO bring something to share. Even if your date says not to worry about it, it’s always good form to bring something – a bottle of wine, a pie, or even fresh flowers. (more ideas for hostess gifts)
DON’T drink too much. For many families, holiday spirit has more than one meaning, so the drinks may be flowing. Try to limit yourself to three drinks – you can still enjoy yourself, but you don’t want to get sloppy drunk and do or say something you’ll regret, which brings us to…
DO choose your conversation carefully. My grandma always said there are two topics to avoid if you want to keep things enjoyable: politics and religion. Try to avoid controversial topics – unfortunately, not everyone understands the idea of healthy debate.
DON’T expect your family’s Thanksgiving. Every family has different recipes and traditions, so your date’s family may do things very differently than you’re used to. Participate, try new things, and…
DO try to enjoy the experience. If all else fails, make sure you have “Hello” at the ready.