Thanksgiving and Christmas – Bringing my SO along?

posted 11 months ago in Holidays
Post # 2
9610 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Don’t go at all. It’s unfair to put your SO in the situation of being an uninvited/unwanted guest. I doubt it will make the situation better for you to bring him you will just be ruining the holidays for both of you.

If my husband wasn’t welcome at my family’s for holidays I would not be doing holidays with them.

Post # 3
7741 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would not spend any holiday with someone who is emotionally abusive. My Brother-In-Law is an abusive alcoholic and we refuse to attend events where he will be. Go spend the holidays with people who treat you right.

Post # 4
5407 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

pumpkinwaffle :  my advice is to start separating yourself from them. You hold a lot of resentment towards your mom (calling her the queen of the family) which I don’t fault you for because she’s emotionally abusive.

The resentment seeps out of this post though, don’t let it poison your life.

Skip the holidays with your parents and work on separating yourself from them and the “queen”

Post # 5
5407 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

It’s also not fair to bring him as a protection against your abusive family. It should be the opposite, you should be protecting him from the abuse, not using him as a shield

Post # 6
6091 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

What does your SO say about all of this? If I were in his place, I’d feel like “I don’t want to waste my holidays with your asshole mom.” How does he feel about the idea of going to your family events? And you not wanting to deal with your family alone is not a fair reason for him to have a shitty holiday. Why not both of you go to his family instead?

Another question I have is, what types of things does your mom do as the “Queen” of the family? In some ways, I’m the “queen” of my family, too, but that means different things to different people. The Queen generally sets the tone and should be the one taking the lead in showing people a good time and behaving in a welcoming and gracious way. If your mom isn’t doing that and is, instead, being abusive, then she isn’t the queen, she’s the family Grinch and a bully.

My stance is always that you are responsible for making sure your SO is comfortable and treated well by your family. Your tone doesn’t sound like you feel confident in your ability to do that. In fact, it almost sounds like you want him to go with you to protect you from your family. That isn’t his job. He is your guest and if your family can’t or won’t be respectful to him, then the two of you need to look at other options like skipping or you going on your own for a short while and then leaving or both of you going to be with his family.

Post # 7
2917 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

pumpkinwaffle :  Don’t go, I understand wanting to bring your SO because duh, he’s your SO and you want to share the holidays with him, but it sounds like a terribly awkward situation. I don’t see howeither of you will enjoy yourselves?

I’d just go to your SO’s family for Thanksgiving, your mother may not like it but she’s being selfish by refusing to accept your boyfriend (unless he’s done something unforgivable to her/you) and also gets mad at you for wanting to spend time with his family.

Don’t let her control you.

Post # 8
6320 posts
Bee Keeper

Go have a wonderful time with your SO’s parents at thanksgiving. Your mom sounds terrible, and honestly, forcing your bf into that situation is really shitty too. 

Post # 9
6789 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

Well I definitely wouldn’t do this, for all the reasons PPs have mentioned. 

Also, why would you and your SO spend BOTH holidays with your family anyway? Even if you got along with your family and they didn’t hate your SO, that doesn’t seem right. His family should get at least one holiday. 

ETA: Also, since your mother is hosting at her house, you can’t just tell her you’re inviting your bf. She’s the host. It’s her house. No matter how horrible she is, you can’t force her to let your bf attend. You could tell her you won’t attend without him, but that’s about it. And, as mentioned above, I would just skip out on this altogether anyway. 

Post # 10
5325 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

Your mother is hosting so you only get to “tell her” who you’re bringing along, it just doesn’t work like that. 

Also if your family hate your boyfriend why would you even put him through that by dragging him along?

Post # 11
1005 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

pumpkinwaffle :  Please please please come up with a different plan for the holidays 🙂 We have holidays to create happy memories with loved ones and friends, not to put ourselves through the ringer.

If his family is not an option or they are not hosting, go travel somewhere or camp or something or find a church family to adopt you for Thanksgiving or host Friendsgiving but for the love of all that this sane, do something better for your mental health and save your holidays!!!!

Post # 13
4468 posts
Honey bee

Is he invited?

Under most circumstances, a social unit is invited together, but sometimes family dynamics and traditions are at play where that isn’t always true (though ought to be as it would be rude to exclude the partner).

Because if I were him, I would not want to go where I was not invited nor welcome.  You are an adult presumably no longer living in their home, so presuming he is welcome and forcing his presence is rude to them and him.  So it isn’t a matter of “how do I tell them he is coming?”  When the subject Thanksgiving comes up, if they fail to mention him, I suppose you could say ” Is boyfriend invited?”  Or “I assume boyfriend is invited (now that we live together)?”  And if he isn’t, then at that point you can decline in favor of spending the holiday with your boyfriend.

Post # 14
1215 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you host a potluck freinds giving it won’t cost v much.


Why would you want to spend time with people who abuse you and don’t even speak to you? Please start separating yourself from them (I cut out my dad when I was 15 -15 years ago- and I have never regretted it)

Post # 15
3216 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

Honestly? I’d not go at all. Either do holidays with his family or with friends. If they can’t respect your relationship, you shouldn’t feel pressured to strain your relationship to try to make it work. 

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