If you're dating and things are getting serious with your new sweetie, the holidays can be a great time to introduce that special someone to your family. But when going home to meet the (gulp!) potential in-laws — or bringing someone home to meet your folks, there are a few things to keep in mind.
For starters, you should only ask someone home for the holidays if you have serious intentions. Always make sure you know the person you are taking home well enough to know how they handle social situations and their liquor, so you don't become the source of the Thanksgiving drama when they run off with your sister. Remember the movie The Family Stone? Exactly. If you want to avoid all that drama (and — hello! Who wouldn't?) follow these tips to make a great first impression.
- Make sure you sleep in separate beds when staying over at his or her parents' house, or to be safe, just rent a hotel room. No feathers are ruffled and you get guaranteed privacy: win-win.
- Do make sure that if you are staying over, you stay put in your own bed! As tempting as it may be, insist that your boyfriend or girlfriend doesn't slip into your room late at night. Put it on hold for a night and act respectable. You can restrain yourself for a night, right?
- Be sure to refrain from PDA. There should be no groping or making out in front of anyone. Related: you don't want them to walk in on you in the broom closet, either. Save it for later!
- Do compliment the host and hostess on their dinner, and make no comparisons between your mom's apple pie and the hostess' lemon meringue. You don't want to sound like you would prefer to be at your family's gathering... even if it is the case.
- Ladies: make sure to put the — ahem — girls away, and guys: make sure your pants aren't falling off you all gangsta-style. Belts, bras, and appropriate clothing are definitely in order. Make sure your skirt is a reasonable length. Oh, and lose the jeans and sneakers.
- No matter how drunk a few of the relatives may be (and they may indeed be) it is never safe for you to overindulge in the holiday spirits. There is nothing worse than you falling off the chair drunk. Be aware that if you two get married, you will never live it down. Ever.
- Guys: don't be checking out her cousins, and ladies: do not flirt with his uncle. This is always unacceptable behavior — no matter what. (See previous rule regarding responsible alcohol consumption).
- Do not engage in any conversation regarding religion or politics. Most of all, out of respect, go along with the before-dinner prayer and thanks... even if you are an atheist. It isn't the time for a religious debate.
- Be sure to be gracious and take flowers or a bottle of wine for the hostess. You can never go wrong when using good manners!
When in doubt, use your better judgment because after all, if you paid attention to all the other tips, you should be sober enough to do so. Good luck!
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