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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Valdosta chapter.

So it’s about that time of the year where family and friends come together to celebrate loving each other and loving the holiday season. Out of all of the love being shared during this time of year, you sense the love coming from your long-time partner growing stronger and stronger, so therefore you feel that it’s only right to introduce him to the family. However, if you’re like me, then you’re in no rush to make that happen, but when the time comes you want him to be prepared for whatever it is he’s about to walk in to so here’s some tips that will help your partner feel at ease when it’s his or her time to meet your crazy family.

1. Prior Conversations

Before you introduce him to your family in person, have a conversation with your partner (just you two) discussing how certain family members are. Inform them on who’s easy to get along and who might be a tough cookie to crack. Let them know of any family members who may have issues as far as jealousy or just being mean for no reason. Also, if you feel comfortable, let them know of any family drama going on because, trust me, it can be awkward for your partner to witness a family argument going on and they have no idea of the reasoning behind it. 

2. Practice Round

If you know you’re family really well, which I’m sure most people do, then you can have a practicing round involving role play. This where you would act out the tough members of your family and critic your partner on how he or she may react to some of the crazy or out of line things that your family members may say. 

3. The time has Come

Now it’s the moment of truth. You have informed your partner of every member of your family that’s easy or tough to get along with, and no it’s time to put the skills to the test. Remember to take him or her around to the easy family member first. Also, being encouraging and relaxing during the time he or she is meeting the family, it will help your partner relax during this time. If you come across any tough family members, that can’t be easily impressed, it helps if you initiate the conversation by highlighting the success within your partners life. This always lightens the mood and gets the family members intrigued and therefore a genuine effort is made to really get to know your partner.

The holidays are full of love and light, sometimes, but it’s the perfect time for your long-time partner to meet those who you love. If all goes well, then you’re family can be really supportive of your relationship, but as we all know life isn’t perfect, and sometimes family doesn’t come around so in that situation just remember that it’s all about love during the holidays, and if your partner is really a good one then there are multiple ways to work around that. I hope everyone is having a joyous holiday season. Happy holiday’s from your favorite martian.


Kylah Gilbert

Valdosta '20

My name is Kylah Gilbert. I am a 20 year old Juniorish at Valdosta State University. My writing is an insight to who I am as a person. So welcome to me as a person.