‘Tis the season for hot cocoa, snowflakes, and potentially uncomfortable family conversations by the fire. If you and your partner are visiting your relatives for the holidays, you may be feeling excitement and concern in equal measure. This is a bittersweet time for many couples who love the warmth and joy of being with loved ones, yet may feel overwhelmed by the challenges of family dynamics.
Whether it’s your first or twelfth time visiting family as a couple, this guide will support you in fortifying your relationship during one of the trickiest times of year.
Come up with a game plan together
The days and weeks before your trip are a great time for you and your partner to begin planning a successful holiday visit. Start by taking some solo time to think about your hopes and concerns. Open a Google Doc or use a good old fashioned notebook to make a few brainstorm-style lists:
What are my goals for us as a couple on this trip?
What are my biggest fears about this trip?
What challenges do I anticipate?
What are some ways that my partner can support me during difficult moments?