Two Families, One Thanksgiving
Now that you’re both becoming part of two families soon, you will want to discuss your couples thanksgiving traditions. Where and with who you will be spending this holiday tops the list of talking points.
So, where will you spend Thanksgiving?
Since each of you are probably used to spending the Thanksgiving holiday with your own family it can be a challenging conversation trying to figure this out.
Here are some alternatives to consider as you and your partner work out your Thanksgiving plans. Use the below possibilities as a springboard to your discussion. You may come up with a different plan that will work for you. Be prepared to brainstorm and negotiate as you narrow down to the best idea for your Thanksgiving holiday this year.
1. Spend it with one family and call the other one’s family.
2. Split the time and spend some of the day with one family and the rest of the day with the other’s family.
3. Arrange to invite both families (if nearby) to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday altogether at one of the parent’s houses.
4. Invite both families to all eat out together at a Thanksgiving buffet dinner (neutral territory).
5. Celebrate a just-the-two-of-us Thanksgiving. Then either call or video chat with each other’s families.
6. Celebrate with friends only. Either call or video chat with your families.
7. Make the Thanksgiving holiday do double duty and have it also become a party related to the wedding, such as an Engagement Party or Bridal Shower where you can also invite close friends as well.
8. Agree to take turns going to each other’s families every other year.
9. Take turns going to each other’s families but agree to some uneven schedule you both agree to, such as three years here, then one year there.
10. Just make a decision for this year. Agree to table discussion about future years until those years arise. Decide on any criteria (such as financial if travel costs are involved) you both think would be important to include to help you achieve a mutually satisfying decision in the coming years.
11. Celebrate Thanksgiving always with one family but celebrate a different important annual holiday with the other family.
12. Celebrate Thanksgiving on two different dates during Thanksgiving week, for example on Thanksgiving day and on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Arrange to spend time with each family on the different dates.
Whatever you decide, the most important thing is to listen carefully to each other’s feelings and ideas and then to arrive at a mutually agreeable decision that you’re both happy enough with. Agreement on any other Thanksgiving-related issues will just be gravy on top.
We would like to thank our customers this Thanksgiving holiday season. Thank you for taking our Florida Premarital Course and for including strengthening your relationship for marriage as part of your wedding planning. We wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.