There are few events as stressful in a relationship as meeting the family. Unfortunately, most couples make the mistake of putting off a casual meeting until it’s too late. The next thing you know you’re spending Christmas with your potential in-laws or, even worse, sitting side by side at one of their funerals.

Which happened to me. And let me just say, it’s really hard to impress with killer jokes when someone’s already dead. (See? There I go again.)

So what happens when you’re tying to impress people who are too busy sobbing to shake your hand? Follow these 8 steps and you’ll be that much closer to getting in with his next of kin.[ITPGallery]