In the best of cases, even if you get along swimmingly with your significant other’s parents, hosting them during the holidays adds a layer of pressure and stress that in turn leads to strained relations where there’s normally peace. In the worst of cases? The mere thought of them coming to town puts your defense mechanisms into high alert. To help you remain neutral during a tense time, we spoke to national modern manners and etiquette expert Diane Gottsman for her tips on making it through a visit from your in-laws this Thanksgiving, so you can focus on more important things, like pumpkin pie.
Keep clicking for her must-read advice on managing the loaded in-laws-staying-over situation this holiday. Trust us, you’ll be glad you armed yourself with these brilliant tips before Jim and Susan knock on your front door.