7 No-No’s When Spending the Holidays With Your In-Laws!

Hey there, beautiful readers!

It’s that time of year again, folks, can’t you just smell the latkas and Christmas cookies? Yep, that’s right, I do both, I swing both ways, if ya know what I mean. Hanukkah on my side, and Christmas on the wife’s side. Thus, I love this part, wait for it… it’s Chrismukkah time, baby! Possibly first invented by the brilliant writers of The O.C, this term gives me such warm fuzzies! Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other holiday you do, there’s a lot of celebrating going on right now, and I figured that in itself warranted a blog post.

Here it comes, my 2017 winter holiday post! This one is in collaboration with one of my favorite bloggers, Jessie Butler! Please take a moment and read her post on Nerdy Book Life about Christmas books.

So, all the above planning and mumbo jumbo was great, but deciding what I would write about was another hurdle all together. Let me bore you with a bit of my thought process. It began with the thought of Chrismukkah, which lead to Christmas and Hanukkah, and then it came to me! Christmas… in-laws, fun and warm holiday feelings, but of course with an added dash of Zoey valuated humor… and there it was, what not to do when you see your in-laws over the holidays! BAM! I’m giving myself permission to be mushy for a moment here. I’m going on my fifth Christmas with my in-laws, and I couldn’t feel luckier. All that holiday family stuff, Christmas trees and warm hugs, it’s what I grew up dreaming about, so these times together mean the world to me. Thank you for letting me be a part of it <3

Okay, mushy moment over, now onto my post…


7 No-No’s When Spending the Holidays with Your In-Laws!

Boots – Don’t wear them inside! The winter and wet boots on a lovely carpet do not a peaceful holiday make.

Asking for leftovers – IF they offer, you may politely accept, but do NOT, I repeat do NOT, go ahead and ask to take home some of their leftovers. This would appear rude and, well slightly obnoxious.

Don’t feed the dog – You don’t know this cute doggy’s eating habits, or what might make him sick. No matter how much you may want to share your meal, please hold back to avoid a catastrophe.

Incriminating – Ratting out your partner in front of their fam? Not cool. Keep those little secrets to yourself, unless you’re explicitly told the topic is fair game

Don’t spill wine on their fancy tablecloth – Okay, I MAY have done this one before. Thankfully, my in-laws are amazingly understanding.

Evaluation Over analyzing the get together, critiquing the food / atmosphere, etc. or even worse: comparing it with your family’s holidays? These are all extreme no-no’s 🙂

Ambush with questions, comments, etc. – Showing that you’re interested, sharing stories, sharing thoughts… yep, these are all good things, but there is a fine line between this and overdoing all of it. Good luck finding that line 😉


Gosh, I hope I haven’t done too many of these things without knowing! If I have, I must sincerely apologize to my wonderful and lovely in-laws. You guys are awesome, and I am so sorry, thank you for accepting me regardless.

Everyone else, I hope you enjoyed this post and that it maybe even made you smile. Thanks for reading, it means a lot as always! Comments, questions, concerns, etc… Shoot away under this post!

Extra bonus points if you can figure out the hidden message in my post! Any guesses?

Until next time,

P.S. Don’t forget to read Jessie’s holiday post, she’s pretty awesome 🙂

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One thought on “7 No-No’s When Spending the Holidays With Your In-Laws!

  1. […] Hey, Nerdy Peeps! Today I’m bringing you all the books I love to read during Christmas time. Now, I don’t have kiddos, but I still love reading all of these books. This post is also in collaboration with the wonderful Zoey at Zoey-Valuated! She is bringing you a post on 7 No-No’s When Spending the Holidays With Your In-Laws! […]

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  2. Lydia Samson

    December 26, 2017 at 2:28pm

    This is a great list…. and some common courtesies that are easily forgotten… great job!

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      Zoey Schvan

      December 27, 2017 at 2:05am

      Thank you, so glad you liked the post! I love getting your comments <3

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