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Bring Your Date Home for the Holidays

Astrology advice for winning over the 'rents

What do your parents want? For you to be happy! So they're sure to start sizing up your date from the get-go. All of mom and dad's sensors will be out to determine whether this new person is good enough for their wonderful daughter or son.

If you're bringing someone special home for the holidays, help your date make a great first impression. Take a look at your mom and dad's Sun signs and follow these tips on how to win over the 'rents.

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Mom: This take-charge mom has pushed herself (and you?) all of her life. She knows what she wants and what you should want too. Tell your date to be careful not to get sucked into competition with her. As long as she isn't crossed, you can count on this mom to bring a lively spark of energy to any gathering.

Dad: If your dad is an energetic, competitive Aries, steer the conversation in the direction of his latest pursuit. Better yet, suggest bowling, pool, cards or any game where his inner winner can shine. His childlike enthusiasm makes him a lot of fun, so don't be surprised if he captivates your date's attention.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Mom: Since your mom loves luxury, you've probably enjoyed a stable and comfortable home life. She's patient and tolerant most of the time, but if you push her too far, watch out! Forewarn your date to let your mom have her way if she starts digging in her heels. And if you know of any topics to avoid, don't forget to mention those.

Dad: Traditions are important to your dad, which makes holidays one of the best times to bring someone new into your family circle. Watch out for touchy topics. You know how far you can push your dad, but your date doesn't. Be prepared to step in and redirect the conversation if it heads into dangerous territory.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Mom: Forever young, your mom may look like she's the same generation as your date -- and act like it too. Geminis never really grow up, which makes them a lot of fun. Prepare your date for a lot of fast-paced chatter. If a shopping trip to a mall or market is a possibility, your mom really shines during this type of outing.

Dad: Gemini dads often act like kids themselves, so they're likely to treat you and your date more like friends than a generation apart. Warn your date about your dad's dual personality, which can turn on a dime. As long as your date doesn't take it personally, the moment will pass and all will be fun and games again.

Cancer (June 21 -July 22)

Mom: Since this sign rules motherhood, Cancers make some of the most nurturing moms. You probably enjoyed tender loving care growing up, while resenting her over-protectiveness from time to time. Don't be surprised if she tries to mother your date as well. Just play into it and you'll have a comfy, cozy time together.

Dad: Advise your date to move in slowly. Even though this dad's a big softy inside, he tends to keep newcomers at arm's length until they earn his trust. Being the homebody dad of the zodiac, he usually has a hobby or two to show off. Advise your date to take an interest ... a sure way to get him to open his protective shell.

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22)

Mom: Charismatic, warm, generous ... that's your Leo mom. Your best strategy is to put her on a pedestal and let her be the center of attention. You and your date could be in for a trip down memory lane: Mom loves dragging out baby pictures and bragging about your achievements.

Dad: This guy's easy to handle. Lavish him with attention and praise and he'll open his generous heart. You may need to prepare your date for his egoist ways. The key is to not judge him or try to balance time in the limelight. Let him hog the stage and he'll be your loyal pussycat forever.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22)

Mom: This common sense mom wants a perfect life for her children, so she'll immediately start cross-examining your date to find out if he or she makes the grade. Then she'll boss both of you around. Tell your date to just smile and do what your mom says -- it's usually good advice anyway.

Dad: This dad can be a bit of a nitpicker, full of advice that is annoying at times ... but it's just his way of showing how much he cares. If your dad is embarrassed by open affection -- like many Virgos -- be sure to let your date know. And be prepared to steer the conversation away from areas that might tweak his inner worrywart.

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22)

Mom: Your mom is a social charmer, so expect a smooth landing for you and your date. Since she's a big fan of love and romance, she's likely to ask questions about the depth of your involvement. Agree beforehand on how much you want to reveal.

Dad: Everybody likes your dad and your date will be no exception. His charm and diplomatic nature make him one of the easiest guys to be around. Arguing is not his style, so keep the conversation on a non-confrontational track. He likes to give advice ... and it's usually good ... so encourage your date to tap his wisdom.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)

Mom: Your mom's strong personality can make her seem a bit stern at times, so warn your date not to be intimidated. If Mom has control-freak tendencies, your date needs a heads-up on that too. For encouragement, explain how once your mom's heart is won, she'll remain loyal and supportive forever.

Dad: This macho guy is a powerful protector of his family. He'll use his sixth-sense to make sure your date is good enough for you. Let your date know that getting the third degree is also a distinct possibility. The key is to answer all of Dad's questions honestly, because he can sniff a lie a mile away.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

Mom: It's not always easy to find a time to get together with this on-the-go mom. Try joining her for one of her many activities. Or plan a weekend getaway with her. She'll be delighted to have someone new along on whatever adventure you cook up.

Dad: If your Sag dad loves sporting events, this can be a great way to introduce your date. They can bond while caught up in the frenzy of cheering for a local team. Your dad is also quite fond of humor, so tell your date to come prepared with some knee-slapper jokes.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

Mom: Your mom loves family traditions, so invite your date home for the holidays. Caps can be emotionally distant at first, so don't expect her to gush or fuss ... but she will be properly welcoming and hospitable. Tell your date to try professional goals as a conversation starter and all will be well.

Dad: Cap rules fatherhood, making this the quintessential dad of the zodiac. He's devoted, hard working, dependable...all those things a dad should be. But he's a black and white thinker, can be opinionated and may be out of touch with younger generations. Caution your date about any conversations to avoid.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

Mom: You've got a funky, unpredictable mom. Let your date know that she can be a bit of an eccentric at times. Friendships are important to her, so she's always happy to meet someone new. Topics like saving the world will spark her interest and keep the conversation lively.

Dad: This is the hang-loose dad...always up to the moment with the latest trends ... and maybe still introducing some himself. His ideas and pursuits can be shocking, so be sure to give your date the scoop before you arrive. Love him or hate him, this dad will never bore you.

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20)

Mom: This is the most psychic mom of the zodiac. She will use her intuitive powers to determine if your date is right for you ... but she's not judgmental and has an understanding heart, so tell your date to feel free to open up emotionally. Sharing hopes and dreams is always a good conversation starter with her.

Dad: Your dad has always been a big pushover, ready to follow your dreams with you to the end of the rainbow. Invite him to share in whatever dream you share with your date ... whether that be a romantic getaway or marriage down the road. He's imaginative, intuitive and just an all-around nice guy ... so it's a pleasure to include him in your plans.

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