With the hours counting down until Thanksgiving Day, it’s time to start making those Turkey Day plans, if you haven’t already. Like, what will you be cooking? Is this the year you finally try Tofurky? And, most importantly, should you and your new squeeze spend Thanksgiving Day together? We vote yes — that is, if you meet the criteria below. (As for the Tofurky, give it a try too; it’s good!)
The holidays are for being with the ones you love; and nothing says you're totally into someone like spending the holidays with them. You're allowing each other to peer into the interesting, yet sometimes awkward and weird world that is your family, and that's a big step in any relationship. But it's also a necessary step. Spending Thanksgiving together helps solidify the fact that you're in a serious relationship and you want everyone in your family to know and love your significant other just as much as you do — or, at least half as much as you do. And don't you want your partner's family to be totally crazy about you, too?
Whether you decide to spend the whole day with one of your families, or divvy up the day so no family feels left out, this just might be the year that you and your partner need to spend Thanksgiving together. Here are the 21 signs that it just wouldn't be right without them.
YOU WANT TO SHOW THEM that THIS ISN’T JUST A FLING
It's not as though you'd spend one of the best holidays of the year with just anyone.
...as evidenced by the fact that YOU ALREADY KNOW EACH OTHER'S NETFLIX PASSWORD
Next thing you know, you'll be handing over you ATM card password, too.
...and CAN LIST THE foods YOU'RE BOTH ALLERGIC to
...and already HAVE A DISTINCT SIGNAL YOU GIVE EACH OTHER WHEN things get awkward
It's like a cross between a cough and choking sort of sound. When one of you hears it, it's time to bail.
YOU’RE EXCITED TO SHOW OFF YOUR THANKSGIVING CULINARY SKILLS
Look! I'm actually using an oven!
AND THEY HAVE a dish that YOU CAN’T WAIT TO TRY
Deep fried turkey, anyone?
YOU'RE FINALLY READY TO FOCUS ON SOMETHING BESIDES your love for THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW
Now that's really something, since you wait all year for it.
AND ADMIT TO your date THAT YOU ACTUALLY DO LIKE PARADES
Well, only the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, of course.
THEY'VE ALREADY met YOUR PARENTS
That was no easy feat, but at least it's out of the way.
...and if they haven't, you're finally ready for it
Whether they are remains to be seen.
you've BEEN DEBRIEFED ON most of each other's FAMILY HORROR STORIES
True love means telling the stories that make us cringe, right?
so YOU’RE WILLING TO LET THEM SEE THE CRAZINESS that is your family
By now, you've learned that all families are a hot mess in their own ways.
and YOU WANT TO meet THEIR nutty FAMILY, TOO
You know, because maybe this actually make or break it for you guys. (I kid!)
YOU'RE READY TO GIVE UP YOUR CHILDHOOD BED FOR THE COUCH
Because you know mom and dad won't be letting you share a bed, because they still think you're a kid.
and TO BE EMBARRASSED BY TALES From YOUR YOUTH
Why it is that dad needs to bring up that time you pooped your pants in the playground is beyond you. Especially since it was just three years ago.
you know they'll appreciate the old family photos
I mean, you were pretty cute.
and you're ready to SUBJECT THEM TO YOUR uncle's inappropriate comments
He's family, so you deal with it. That's one of the problems with families.
YOU strongly suspect THAT THEIR PRESENCE WILL EASE the FAMILY DRAMA
Because their presence makes everything better.
...and if you don't, you're willing to deal with the consequences
Your family had better love your new boo.
most of all, if you don't go together, you know you'll just spend ALL OF THANKSGIVING MISSING THEM
And texting them a play-by-play of the events, so you wouldn't feel alone.
because you CAN'T STAND THE IDEA OF SPENDING THIS THANKSGIVING without THEM
Much like the stuffing, it's corny — but it's true. They are also your family.