By Melissa Hughes - For Weekender

Advice from Melissa: Avoid squabbling with your other half on Thanksgiving

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Dear Melissa,

I am bringing my boyfriend to Thanksgiving dinner, but we have been in a pretty rocky place lately. I am worried people are going to be able to tell we aren’t happy and ask about it. How do I fake it?

Dreading the holidays

Dear Turkey Talker,

Try talking to your boyfriend before you go. If the relationship is so rocky it is going to ruin your holiday, I suggest going to separate dinners. You can always tell your relatives he wanted to spend the day with his family and no one would question it further. If you decide to bring him along, make yourself busy. Help out more in the kitchen, encourage him to watch football. Stay away from each other if you know you aren’t capable of getting along. Hopefully, you can put your differences aside for one afternoon and enjoy your day. You don’t need to fake being happy. Your relatives will probably be able to see through the act. Try talking out whatever is going on before the dinner. Make it a holiday to remember, not one you will look back on with regret.

Melissa

By Melissa Hughes

For Weekender

Girl Talk began in 2012 as a telltale horror story of the city’s most epic dating disasters and has evolved into a column about love, life experiences and growing up. Melissa also has a weekly Girl Talk TV segment on PA Live, WBRE, and a radio segment every Wednesday on 98.5 KRZ.

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Girl Talk began in 2012 as a telltale horror story of the city’s most epic dating disasters and has evolved into a column about love, life experiences and growing up. Melissa also has a weekly Girl Talk TV segment on PA Live, WBRE, and a radio segment every Wednesday on 98.5 KRZ.