Thanksgiving dinner invitation

by ellen
(sun city center, fl)

Back in Sept. friends invited my husband and I for Thanksgiving dinner and we accepted. We just received an invitation from my nephew and his wife and would naturally rather be with family for Thanksgiving plus we've never been to their home before. How do I turn down my friend's invitation without hurting her feelings. Will she agree "family comes first"?

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Thanksgiving Invitation
by: Ms P Etiquette

Ellen,

You want to tell a friend that you are not coming to her home for a holiday meal after you've already accepted, but you don't want to hurt her feelings? I doubt that can be done.
Aside from being rude, this would be upsetting to almost anyone. Whether it is family or not matters little. If you wanted to be with family, why accept an invitation from non-famly friends? I am afraid I cannot help you with this one.​ ​

The right thing to do is to keep your commitment to your friends and have a family gathering at your own home next year.

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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