Should Teens Bring Dates To Thanksgiving Dinner?

Should Teens Bring Dates To Thanksgiving Dinner?Should teens bring dates to Thanksgiving dinner?  The holidays are right around the corner, and if you have a special he or she in your life at the moment, you might be contemplating bringing them home and introducing them to your family on Thanksgiving.  It seems pretty innocent, but when you think of the bigger picture, you might want to reconsider.

Obviously, every teen’s relationship is different, and there are a ton of variables, like your age and how long you have been dating your boyfriend or girlfriend.  But, chances are, you should probably wait a few years or choose a less hectic time of the year.  We put together a list of reasons that might make you think twice before you bring a date to Thanksgiving dinner with your family.

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Your Aunts Will Never Let You Forget Them

Sure, right now you are madly in love.  But, a few months down the road and a messy break-up later, the last thing you want is to have to explain to everyone that attended Thanksgiving dinner why you guys broke up, or hear something along the lines of “Oh, but he was such a nice boy.”  Even worse, if you have a camera-happy family who like to snap photos on Thanksgiving, you could get stuck with photos of your ex-hanging on your parents’ living room wall for years to come.

You Might Scare Them Off

Let’s be honest, everyone’s families true colors shine through during the holidays.  Unless you are one of the lucky 5%, then chances are there is always some sort of drama at Thanksgiving dinner.  Your mom has a meltdown over the turkey, your Grandma hits the wine bottle a bit hard and says whatever she is thinking, and your Aunts and Uncles probably get into a near brawl before the day is over.  It might seem all a bit overwhelming for your date, and if you don’t want to scare them off, you may want to wait until a less hectic time of year to make introductions.

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You May Send Mixed Signals

Everyone’s families handle Thanksgiving dinners differently.  In your family, it may just be a casual get together with friends and families for an all-you-can-eat turkey buffet.  But, your date may have been raised in a much more serious Thanksgiving household.  Inviting your boyfriend or girlfriend over for Thanksgiving could be a huge deal to them, practically an engagement in some households, but to you it’s just a polite invitation in case they are hungry.  Just make sure you are both on the same page about the status of your relationship, and the level of severity of the Thanksgiving invitation.

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3 Comments
  1. Pearl says

    For me, thanksgiving dinner is a family affair and should be a great time to bond with your family, so, in my opinion, dates should be reserved for another time.

  2. Kristine says

    I agree with all the points tackled here. 🙂

  3. Mommy Maye says

    I think Thanksgiving is a family affair so for me you can bring a date if you really want to introduce his/her to the family. However, being a family affair your date might get intimidated or outcast. And right you might scared them off.

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