The holidays are such a beautiful time; our loved ones all meetup and gather around the table, their faces warm as they turn to you, and then they roast the living hell out of you because this is the umpteenth year in a row that you have no date.
It can be pure hell to sit there smiling while you say, “Yup, it’s just me this year, again. Thanks for reminding me, Grandma.”
The reason those questions hit straight to him is because you are at home! These are the people that know you the best and the longest. That also means that they love you and want to see you be happy, which to most people means married with at least two kids by now.
If you google “millennials are waiting longer to get married” you get about 214,000 results in 0.61 seconds. There’s nothing weird about waiting longer to make what’s generally considered to be a lifelong commitment.
Hey, let’s be honest here, most of us have a little somethin’ somethin’ on the side but we aren’t going to bring our side piece home for the holidays. It might be a little awkward to tell your entire family that you met on Tinder.
Here are three quick and easy tips for getting them off your back:
1. Remind them that you have other stuff going on!
This is the time to redirect their focus to the other cool stuff you’ve been doing all year long! Tell them about your new job, cat, haircut, or art projects. There’s more to you than just who you’re banging (or not)!
2. Let ’em know you haven’t forgotten about that thing they did six years ago.
My personal favorite, a little bit of shade goes a long way.
3. Just smile.
The holiday season doesn’t last forever and you only see your loved ones until the food and the booze is gone. Just let it slide and be thankful for the other months of the year that don’t involve them.
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