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Old 19.11.2015, 22:39
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Re: Scared as hell about meeting new Swiss Mom-in-law

Fuchs yeah, why didn't I think of Christmas Crackers! Go for it girl!
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Old 19.11.2015, 22:58
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Re: Scared as hell about meeting new Swiss Mom-in-law

You live in Zurich. Pop along to the Mousetrap at the Viadukt and score some nice UK cheeses and mince pies. Take a couple of bottles of nice plonk. Enjoy the evening.
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Old 19.11.2015, 23:06
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Just to be clear - the FID is a significant "Amtlich" - not Morgeli or so on...
An menorah shaped bong would make a killer Christmas present then...

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Old 19.11.2015, 23:19
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Re: Scared as hell about meeting new Swiss Mom-in-law

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Re: Scared as hell about meeting new Swiss Mom-in-law

christmas crackers, bottle of good wine and a gorgeous plant pot of white hyacinth bulbs (lovely smell when they flower and white will go with any decor)
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Re: Scared as hell about meeting new Swiss Mom-in-law

Annie's ideas are great.

Your mother-in-law may feel intimidated by the wonderful way you've managed to be a single working Mom who has raised her future daughter-in-law. As Oldhand mentioned, just be you.
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Old 20.11.2015, 10:34
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Now to my question: I have been invited to spend Christmas evening with them in their home (have never met them), and have no clue what I should bring.

Any good advice?

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Bring yourself. Your self. Part of which may be (or not, that's entirely up to you) some presents from "back home", though actually anything honest will be just fine and dandy. Flowers and wine are always an option.

Basically they are in the same spot as you, they have no idea of the person that is you. Since you've never met you could phone them up accepting the invitation, might be a nice first contact. You could also enquire about what to expect (perhaps take along?) for your "little one" (age?) if useful/necessary; mentioning that will bring fond memories to mind with your in-laws, a nice icebreaker (not that one would actually be necessary, your daughter kind of broke the ice already by virtue of being their son's dearest).
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Re: Scared as hell about meeting new Swiss Mom-in-law

Be aware this will most likely be nothing like Christmas Eve in the UK. It could be very low key with the lights out as real candles are lit on the tree, maybe even singing - watch out for 'O Tannenbaum'.

I could be totally wrong and report only as I find in my own Swiss family: crackers and paper hats may well be greeted with, at best, puzzlement.

It will depend on the family, but essentially you have been invited into the inner sanctum of a Swiss family. Smile, be happy, be yourself and go with the flow. Some sort of small but thoughtful gift may be appropriate. It is the time family gifts are exchanged - not the 25th...
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crackers and paper hats may well be greeted with, at best, puzzlement.
I'll be honest: I'd be puzzled about paper hats as well. What on earth are you guys doing on Christmas?

Simple run up of a typical evening of the 24th in at least the German part of Switzerland:

1. Go to church
2. Have a dinner, typically fondue chinois or bourguignon
3. Sit on the couch and have a chat, listening to some christmas music. If small kids are in the family, sign Christmas songs and let them present some poems or the like.
4. Exchange presents.

Done.
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Re: Scared as hell about meeting new Swiss Mom-in-law

Just wine will do great (bring a couple bottles)

My rents and the inlaws met on the evening of our wedding . Also different language so everything was done in English. Was a good time and my wife was scared for them to meet (will they like eachother etc) turned out great and now they see eachother 2x a year (Belgium-Switzerland...)

SO don't worry in the end it is only them who need to be happy together. Not you and the inlaws (Though it helps ALOT)
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Re: Scared as hell about meeting new Swiss Mom-in-law

Hey EFers, thanks for all the GREAT input - many really great ideas as well as supportive comments! Already starting to feel in the Christmas spirit now...
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Old 20.11.2015, 16:21
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Re: Scared as hell about meeting new Swiss Mom-in-law

A large bag of cocaine always goes down well, I find.


Failing that, a nice bottle of wine and some flowers or choccys. Which IL you give them too is entirely your decision. Choose wisely.
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Re: Scared as hell about meeting new Swiss Mom-in-law

You'll know you've made it if they ask for your help with their home computer.....
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You'll know you've made it if they ask for your help with their home computer.....
That's their ulterior motive for inviting her over .
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I'll be honest: I'd be puzzled about paper hats as well. What on earth are you guys doing on Christmas?

Simple run up of a typical evening of the 24th in at least the German part of Switzerland:

1. Go to church
2. Have a dinner, typically fondue chinois or bourguignon
3. Sit on the couch and have a chat, listening to some christmas music. If small kids are in the family, sign Christmas songs and let them present some poems or the like.
4. Exchange presents.

Done.
That reminds me, have to inform them that I'm vegetarian OMG
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Re: Scared as hell about meeting new Swiss Mom-in-law

bring wine for him and flowers for her. And dont forget to take your shoes off when you enter their house
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And dont forget to take your shoes off when you enter their house
Thanks for the heads-up - so no socks with holes...
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well holes are maybe OK-so long as they are freshly washed.
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Thanks for the heads-up - so no socks with holes...
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Re: Scared as hell about meeting new Swiss Mom-in-law

Wear odd socks.
It confuses people, but they are usually too polite to ask, and it draws the attention away from more mundane issues.
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That reminds me, have to inform them that I'm vegetarian OMG
There goes the fondue. The father in law will hate you. I know I would.
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