Here at DIVA HQ we know that bringing your girlfriend home to
meet the family, especially at Christmas, can be a dauntingif not
frankly terrifying task. So, we've decided to put together these
five failsafe tips to guide you effortlessly through the festive
- 1. Give her the heads up
Giving your girlfriend a brief, er, summary about certain
members of your family before actually meeting them is a good idea.
For example, the uncle who passes wind at the dining table and
pretends it was someone else, or the cousin who likes to drink a
bottle of Malibu and cry hysterically about an ex-partner. It's
just manners I suppose to give outsiders a subtle warning.
- 2. Hide the baby photos
No, mum. She does not need to see that photograph of me shoving
a banana up my nose when I was two, or the video of me disappearing
into a huge plastic Thomas the Tank Engine to emerge two minutes
later with no clothes on. I am sure we all do enough as it is to
class ourselves as a total embarrassment without the help of mum's
favourite memories. Hide them, throw them out the window… They must
not be seen. Oh, and discard that Steps CD while you're at it.
3. She's a lady
Perhaps one of the biggest concerns about bringing your
girlfriend home for the holidays is that she's, well, a girl. She
may be anxious too about being viewed as the interloper who turned
your parents' darling daughter gay. It might be a good idea to make
a plan with your girlfriend to leave the house and go for a walk
halfway through the evening just to get out of the house for a bit
and make sure she is ok. Having a chat with a sympathetic relative
and asking them to watch out for any tension and just "be on your
side" can also help to take the edge off.
4. Destroy all evidence
Waxing strips, dirty underwear, used make-up wipes and hair-dye
streaks in the bath. Don't leave traces of your date preparations
for all to see, retain a sense of mystery. Make sure that the
bathroom is a clear area. Also, put all processed food wrappers in
the outside bin. I really did make that chicken and mushroom pie
from scratch, honest.
- 5. Don't panic!
Your family love you and only want what's best for you. If your
new girlfriend makes you genuinely happy, they will pick up on that
and go out of their way to make her feel welcome. Panicking will
not only stress you out, but will also stress your girlfriend out.
Just relax and enjoy the occasion.