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4 Thanksgiving Relationship Tips

4 Thanksgiving Relationship Tips

Pumpkin pie! Family! More pumpkin pie! There’s plenty to love about Thanksgiving, but let’s be real—it can get hectic, and if you’re celebrating with a significant other, it can take its toll on your relationship.

But not this year! This year you have better things to do, like fighting Aunt Sue for that drumstick and setting a personal record for amount of gravy consumed. Follow these tips for surviving this Thanksgiving with your honey:

1. Communicate Need-to-Know Info

If you’re meeting each other’s families for the first time, this can mean anything from a heads up about your Uncle Larry’s angry political ranting to details like “make sure you compliment my mom’s outfit. She sold the couch to pay for it.”

2. Have a Schedule

Whether you have flights to catch, groceries to buy, food to cook, or errands to run, make sure you’re both on the same page as to your schedule—both of you should have flight info, recipes, grocery lists, and a shared to-do list. You should feel like you’re on the same team, not like one of you is slacking or clueless. Plus, there’s nothing like realizing no one picked Grandma up from the airport to ruin your post-turkey nap.

3. Sneak Off for Alone Time

Sure, it’s a holiday that’s all about family time and togetherness… but all that togetherness can really make you crazy. Reconnect with a little one-on-one time—take a post-gorging walk around the block, pick up coffee for the family the morning after, or offer to run a last-minute errand together (whoops! No one remembered to buy the turkey!)

4. Give Thanks for Each Other

No time like Thanksgiving to get schmaltzy and tell your significant other how much you appreciate them and why. Once you’re home and the festivities are behind you, you can REALLY thank ‘em,  ifyaknowwhatimean.

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Diana Vilibert

Diana Vilibert is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. You can be blog-friends with her at dianavilibert.com, or tweet her at @dianavilibert.

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8:16PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

In other words, ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE is important in any relationship...anyhow...new year is around the corner. Let's reflect, learn & unlearn from our past, including our love life, and move on...

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5:08PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Thanks Kiss www.livana.com.ar

2:31AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

I wish I could've had Thanksgiving this year...

8:30AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

I am laughing-what world does this person live in? I've been to dinners where the home grown turkey had road burns from bumping out of the back of a pickup truck-it was already dead and dressed-and Marines in a convoy saw that-and the convoy chased my aunt down to give her the turkey back- to yesterday-where half of the people that said they'd come never showed and the rest showed up with aggressive rescue dogs. We couldn't tie even one to a tree in the front yard because of the loose pit bulls running around-didn't know their temperament with kids-and the neighborhood has plenty running around- so we had dogs tied up at different places in the fenced back yard. My coonhounds were so sweet-I said- bed-they stopped their baying-went to my room and stayed quiet for 5 hours-no chewing-no scratching or bath room. then somebody took pictures of me to post on FB- I have cancer on my face and am missing part of my nose and lip. Her son-realized it and raised Caine- I asked FB if they could stop this----I told my family that I just want to never invite anybody again-it's too stressful. Not to be nice to anybody. One of my foster daughters called me from Alaska and talked and she wanted to make sure that she had my recipe for turkey giblet gravy. Her-one grandson-and the coonhounds were the only good things of the day-

5:41AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

So glad we stay home for the holiday. Don't have to deal with the in-laws and their disorganization. Don't have to deal with the noise and the crowd. So glad my son plays basketball and has a tournament on Friday!

1:43AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

:-)

7:35PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Excellent pointers for making family gatherings happier at any time of year.

6:12PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Thanks for sharing

6:12PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Thanks

8:16AM PST on Nov 22, 2012

All holidays are now stressful and capable of putting you in debt. The true meaning of all holidays has gone astray. They now make me sad.

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