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The Thanksgiving Test – How To Enjoy The Holidays In A New Relationship

15 Nov 2021

At Midwest Matchmaking, we understand how trying this time of year can be for those Des Moines singles that find themselves in a new relationship, and our matchmakers are here to help! There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to figuring out the holidays and love. With every relationship, expectations are different. You need to discuss what the best way to move forward is going to be for you and your partner.

Our local matchmakers have outlined some tips below to help demystify the holiday dating experience. For all you singles in Des Moines, you can have an enjoyable and memorable holiday season with your new love.

Read The Holiday

Dating during the holidays can be stressful, especially if you have just started a new relationship. On the other hand, if the holiday season is your jam, it could be blissful and filled with tranquility. Take the usual holiday hassles with a grain of salt as you now have your new partner to consider. Singles in Des Moines have had massive success in having the ‘holiday’ talk way before the actual day of festivities. Determine what is best for you both in creating new memories and rituals.

For some people celebrating your first Thanksgiving together as a couple can be exciting. In contrast, for others, just the thoughts of introducing their single in Des Moines to friends and family can be incredibly overwhelming. Take time to read the holiday and make a plan that is aligned with both of your visions.

Keep Your Date Informed

As nervous as you might be about bringing your date into your inner circles this Thanksgiving, you can be sure that they will be just as nervous, if not more so. To ensure that the experience is as smooth for them as possible, give as much information as possible beforehand. The idea here is to eliminate as many surprises as possible, so your new partner knows what to expect when they arrive.

Many singles in Des Moines have experienced massive success in giving a quick overview of who will be there, who you think they will connect with and how you expect the day to go. Our matchmakers at Midwest Matchmaking believe in the adage “failing to prepare is preparing to fail,” so be sure to set you and your date up for success from the start.

Encourage Your Date To Be Themselves

Giving your date an idea of who they are going to meet is definitely a good idea. Our dating coaches at Midwest Matchmaking advise being next to your date while you make introductions, and then once they feel a bit more comfortable, you can create some space and allow them to mingle based on who they connect with the most.

It’s recommended not to attempt to micromanage the situation or conversation and instead let your partner find their rhythm and connections. Singles in Des Moines have found success in allowing family and friends to get to know the other person for who they are, not a curated version of them that you think that they will prefer.

Find Ways To Get Them Involved

Nobody enjoys showing up to an event to feel like a spare wheel. You and your family and friends might have Thanksgiving traditions you enjoy, or maybe you always do the same jobs in the kitchen each year. Whatever the case may be, you need to ensure that you include your date as much as possible in the day’s proceedings. Many Des Moines singles have found that their dates have hidden talents like expert napkin folding, or perhaps they make great cocktails. Getting your date involved in different shared tasks will allow them to interact with your friends and family throughout the day instead of standing on the sidelines.

Avoid Abandoning Your Date

Leaving your date on their own while you go out to grab more firewood or run upstairs to change is perfectly fine. However, leaving them on their own while you spend two hours chatting outside with uncle Frank about your experience with other singles in Des Moines is not OK. You probably wouldn’t enjoy being left in a room with a bunch of strangers, and you can be sure that your date won’t enjoy it either! Whatever you do, avoid abandoning them entirely for long periods and leaving them feeling awkward and uncomfortable, no matter how well they might seem to be getting on with everyone.

Have A Reliable “Way Out”

When you’re introducing your date to your family and friends, you should be hopeful about how the day will go. It would be best to allow enough time for you and your date to spend meaningful time with your friends. If you or your date need to have a way out, have an excuse to leave in place in advance. For example, you could be meeting up with friends that are nervous about their dates with other singles in Des Moines, you may be going to visit your date’s grandparents, or perhaps the drive home is quite a distance, and you need to get on the road early. With this approach, you won’t offend anyone, and you will have a straightforward way to break free from the family gathering.

Make Sure Your Thanksgiving Is One To Remember For All The Right Reasons

Introducing your family and friends to your date for the first time at Thanksgiving is undoubtedly a big step in your relationship and one you want to get right. Our matchmakers take great pride in connecting compatible singles in Des Moines with one another. We love it when we hear that they are reaching these important milestones in their relationship. For more help or advice from our matchmakers at Midwest Matchmaking, contact us today. We are always here to help you on your journey to finding that special someone and finding true happiness.