Whether this is your first time spending Thanksgiving together after getting married or simply as a couple in a new relationship, deciding how and where to spend Thanksgiving can be challenging. This holiday season marks a beautiful time of year for friends and family. However, as matchmakers, we understand that choosing which family or home means having to make compromises. While both partners want to spend it with their loved ones, it can be impossible to get everyone in one room. Don’t panic, because our matchmakers have some tips for you.
Today, New Jersey Singles reviews helpful tips for spending your first Thanksgiving together. We promise it will be less stressful and more memorable.
Tips for New Couples
For couples starting a new relationship, there’s a little more wiggle room when deciding where to spend Thanksgiving. At this point there’s not too much obligation. Chances are you’ll probably spend it with your own families. However, in order to go above and beyond for your partner, consider sending them something or wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving with a friendly phone call first thing in the morning. If you want to get them a little gift, it could be as simple as a card, a bottle of eggnog, or a holiday dessert. The gesture will show your partner that you’re thinking about them over the holidays. Then, after you both finish dinner with your families, you can meet up and spend the evening together and swap stories of your Thanksgiving dinners.
Tips for Recently Married Couples
Splitting time between your immediate family and your in-laws can prove to be difficult for the holidays. The first option is to ask both families to schedule their dinners at different times so you can attend dinner with both families. If this doesn’t work, then consider alternating holidays between families. This means spending Thanksgiving every year with one family and Christmas with the other. Alternating and planning like this can reduce the stress of the holidays. You can also alternate holidays each year, Thanksgiving with their family this year and with yours next year.
However, chances are this might not go over too well with the mother-in-law or father-in-law as they’ll feel they’re getting cheated on. If this is the case, then you might want to spend Thanksgiving early with one family and later with the other. Everyone wins.
Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving
If you and your partner decide to host a Thanksgiving dinner, try these tips to ensure it goes smooth as butter. First, be sure to collect all the family recipes. If there’s a specific recipe that must be cooked each year, cook it and continue that tradition with your partner. From there, plan the menu accordingly. Some food items must be cooked the day before Thanksgiving, such as the pie. Additionally, since there will be a lot of people, make large batches of beverages. Finally, be ready to not only provide good food but entertainment too.
Tips for Meeting New Family Members
Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings distant family members together each year. This means meeting more of your partner’s family for the first time. This can prove to be nerve-wracking, so be sure to talk to your partner ahead of time to see who is attending. Go over their names and what they like to do so you have a few topics of conversation ready to go to help you beat those awkward moments.
Remember What Thanksgiving Is All About
Finally, you need to remember what Thanksgiving is all about. Be sure that you and your partner take some time to express appreciation for everything you have, as well as for each other. The holidays have a way of putting stress on relationships, especially new ones. Take a moment to enjoy each other’s company and verbally express what you’re each thankful for.
Don’t get bogged down by all the responsibilities and commitments the holidays bring. Instead, remember to take time to enjoy your partner and everything the joyous holidays have to offer.
From all our matchmakers here at New Jersey Singles, we wish you and your partner a happy holiday.
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