Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum are celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkuh during their first holiday season together after recently getting engaged on The Bachelorette. As Rosenbaum told People, ”We have been celebrating the first few nights of Hanukkuh. We lit some candles.” J.P. also introduced her to the Jewish tradition of having Chinese food. The happy couple spent Christmas in Maine with Hebert’s family eating and singing holiday carols.
How do you adapt to your partner’s family traditions?
1. Participate: You may not understand your partner’s traditions, or religion. But, don’t be a scrooge. For the sake of your relationship, give their family a chance and try it out. Ask for ideas on what to make or bring over. Being part of it allows you to enjoy it more.
2. Educate: If you’re feeling uncomfortable and don’t know what to expect from your partner’s family, the best way to learn Hanukkuh or the Italian ‘Feast of the Seven Fishes’ is to research the tradition before you go. It won’t make you a pro but it will surely give you some background so you can ease into the evening.
3. Ask Questions: Show interest by asking questions about certain activities, prayers or food they serve. Most people love to talk about family traditions and how they got started. Being inquisitive fills the evening with nostalgia, and the family will probably embrace you as one of their own for simply showing you care.
What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Share it with us in the comments below.
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