There are many milestone moments you and your partner will experience as your relationship progresses and gets more serious, and meeting your partner's family might just be one of the most important. That's not to say that leaving a toothbrush at your boyfriend or girlfriend's place isn't a big deal, but deciding you like someone enough to want them to spend a holiday with your family is major. The decision to bring your boyfriend or girlfriend home for Thanksgiving tells your family that you're serious about this person and want to see how they fit into your life. It also lets your partner know you want them to know this part of your world.
I personally think the holidays are the perfect time to meet your significant other's family. While it might seem serious to share a day like Thanksgiving with someone's family, I think the festive aspect of the visit actually alleviates some of the pressure of meeting your love's parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, pets, and neighbors. There's a structure to holidays with specific events and meals that can provide a bit of familiarity and routine in a new environment. There's also a good chance there will be a lot of people around with extended family in the mix, which takes a bit of the spotlight off of your and your partner.
There's no guarantee that everything will go smoothly, that everyone will get along, and that you won't have a single regret about the experience, and that's totally fine. Check out these experiences from real women who brought their partners home for Thanksgiving.