The Christmas season brings hot chocolate, cheer, and, of course, the occasional relationship drama. Whether you’re stressing over meeting the parents or wondering how to dodge every aunt and uncle asking why you still don’t have a significant other, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the best of our holiday-themed relationship advice, so you can go back to worrying if your coworker will genuinely enjoy your Secret Santa gift (don’t fret: we’ve got something for that too).
“The holidays are a time of joy, but they can also become a time of intense stress, and if we aren’t careful, that stress can rub off on our loved ones. It’s hard to keep your relationship a top priority when there are so many other things competing for your attention — whether it’s parties with friends and colleagues or gift giving-stress. Here are a few tips to keep your relationship strong through the holidays.” Read more.
“Unattached this Christmas? You might be tempted to fret, but being single during the holiday season can be an incredibly enjoyable time in your life. By embracing your singledom, you just might end up learning more about yourself this Christmas.” Read more.
“It can be tricky to go to your significant other’s home for a holiday. I know that Christmas at my parents’ house was a little confusing for my boyfriend. We got up for 8 a.m. Mass and then came home and put on our pajamas for the rest of the day and watched James Bond movies while opening gifts. When the tables were turned, I had to learn how to acclimate myself pretty quickly! Here are a few things that helped make the visit as seamless and joyful as possible.” Read more.
“All couples have their issues, whether it’s money, communication, or in our case, religion, but I wasn’t willing to throw away the perfect relationship because of his religious beliefs. My faith will always be at the top of my priority list, and I’m lucky to have a husband who supports this in every way possible. And correspondingly, he knows I’ll always be on his side no matter what his passions and beliefs are.“ Read more.
“The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner, and for many of us that means a whole lot of food, plenty of good cheer, and going “home for the holidays.” Whether we split time between parents and stepparents, in-laws or extended family, the time spent with relatives almost always includes a little bit of drama. Navigating the tricky waters of adulting alongside your own parents can be difficult, especially when holiday stress is high and sugar consumption are through the roof. As you prepare to enter this beautiful, fun, and sometimes rocky time of year, try these suggestions to cultivate a peaceful and harmonious family gathering.” Read more.
“I fully understand that the impression I make on my boyfriend’s parents cannot only impact the way that they feel about me, but potentially how he feels about me. Cue the dry mouth, body sweats, and me frantically plumbing through the recesses of my mind about how one makes a good impression! I don’t want anyone else to go through this same stress cycle – so I have a few tips to help alleviate that anxiety and ensure you will make the best impression on your significant other’s parents, and (hopefully) have a fun time doing it!” Read more.