Spending Thanksgiving with your boyfriend's or girlfriend's family can be both an enlightening and stressful experience. You get to meet your significant other's relatives, see their baby photos, and hear funny stories about their childhood. Or vice versa, you get to show your date off to your family. But, the task of keeping your date happy while impressing the family can be daunting. We spoke with Krista White, the president of It's Just Lunch D.C. It's Just Lunch is a dating service for busy professionals in D.C. and surrounding cities, with over 22 years of experience matching couples over lunch. She gave us a few tips on how to survive your first Thanksgiving with your boyfriend's or girlfriend's family, as well as some tips for those of you bringing your date around family for the first time.
In The Capital: What are some things a boyfriend or girlfriend should remember or know when bringing their date to the family Thanksgiving?
Krista White: First things first, prep your date! Warn them of any topics to avoid and give them ideas for good conversation starters. Is your family big into college basketball? Great! Is talking about the war in front of your uncle is off limits? Good to know! Also be sure to give them the heads up about any special traditions your family has so they can be prepared. Lastly, be sure to introduce them to everyone and don't hesitate to help facilitate conversation if it gets off to a rocky start.
ITC: What are some things a date should remember or know when visiting their boyfriend or girlfriend's family?
KW: Do your homework on the family. Who will be there? What are they like? Are they religious? Political? It's a good idea to get an sense of family dynamics beforehand. If your date hasn't offered up good conversation ideas, ask for them and be sure to find out if there are any unusual topics you should avoid. Other than that, be yourself and try to relax. Bonus points if you bring a little something for the host or hostess.Read Full Article