When my now-husband brought me home for the holidays for the first time, I was terrified. Not in a funny-but-true, cutesy way, but in a really scary, sweaty palms and pits to match kinda way. I'd spent a decent amount of time with his parents prior to that visit, but had never spoken more than a few words to his extended family. I honestly had no idea what to expect when your partner brings you home for the holidays so, if I'm being totally honest here, I wasn't thrilled. Like, at all.
Perhaps the worst part of the whole "meeting your partner's extended family members for the first time" ordeal is that, for the most part, there's really no way to avoid the whole situation. You feel completely powerless because, sooner or later, you kind of have to go home with your partner for the holidays at some point, right? That is, if you want to feel like you've really "made it" as a couple. Apparently nothing says commitment like asking your partner to come to the bathroom with you, so you don't have to walk through the room full of relatives alone.
Thankfully, there's a good part, too. After this initial visit, things will finally get less scary. You'll have had your "coming out" of sorts, and now these people won't wonder who you are the next time they see you. (Which will now be on every major holiday, so congratulations). Once you've popped your December holiday cherry, there's kind of no going back, so prepare yourself for sweaty palms and stomach butterflies that actually somehow hurt aren't the only things to expect when your partner brings you home for the holidays. Prepare yourself, dear reader.