The Rules: Surviving the Holiday Season as a New Couple

The holidays can feel overwhelming when they arrive a few months into a new relationship. Follow these rules to get through them without hurt feelings or breakup talk (12 Photos)

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel on Dec 13, 2011 at 9:51AM

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The Rules: Surviving the Holiday Season as a New Couple

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Expect to Spend Time Apart

Before you dive too deeply into the fantasy of spending a white Christmas with your guy, clear the mistletoe from your eyes and look at this whole holiday situation a little more rationally. Bringing someone home to meet the family is a big deal all by itself. Those meetings come pre-loaded with all kinds of questions about the future. At this stage of your relatively new relationship, layering those kinds of assumptions and expectations on top of the tensions that can spring out of family get-togethers seems unnecessary. Give yourselves a pass. After spending the holidays with your respective clans, reconnect for New Year’s Eve -- it’s more of a date night anyway (and a lot more fun).

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