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No Problem

WORRIED MY FAMILY WON’T ACCEPT MY NEW GIRLFRIEND

IF YOU’VE GOT ISSUES, WE CAN HELP

Dear Jane,

I’m going home to my family this Christmas and I’m worried that they’re going to say something about my new girlfriend. She’s Muslim and her own family are not that accepting of her and mine are not the most openminded people either – they read the Daily Mail! I do love them but to be honest if they say anything that upsets my girl I’ll probably want to walk. That will be difficult if it happens on Christmas or Boxing Day because we don’t have a car and there won’t be anywhere to go since they live in a tiny village. Any suggestions on how to manage it and stop it from becoming a Christmas to remember for all the wrong reasons?

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