How to Survive the Holidays at Her House
By Caroline Kinneberg
Family and relationships: It’s a potent combination at any time of year. But during the holidays -- when expectations are high, history runs deep, and people who live happily apart all year are suddenly thrown together for hours or even days -- tensions can really skyrocket. Whether or not you’ve already met your significant other’s family, becoming part of their holiday traditions is new -- and potentially volatile -- territory. But with a little preparation, you can easily get through it … and maybe even win some coveted brownie points. Herewith, our survival tips for dealing with this most precarious time of year.
Tip No. 1: Talk to your girlfriend in advance.
Tip No. 2: Arm yourself with gifts.
Tip No. 3: “Jingle” rhymes with “mingle.”
The easiest people to mingle with are the oldest and youngest relatives, says Cooper. “Children tend to be the most open to visitors and to having fun,” she explains, “and the adults will appreciate getting a break from them.” The elderly family members might not have the energy to run around in the yard with you, but they sure can talk a blue streak. “Try asking how they celebrated the holidays as a child or what their favorite holiday was,” recommends Cooper.
Tip No. 4: Lend a helping hand.
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Caroline Kinneberg is a Paris-based journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Vice.
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