Since we have a blended family, we travel to many houses Christmas Eve and Day. My MIL's house after we get the kids at 3 on Christmas Eve, dinner, presents and church. Christmas Day, we'll have breakfast, presents then take kids to their other parents house to share the holiday.
We're Jewish, which should mean Chinese food and movies ...
but DH converted, so he takes the kids to see his Mom in DC for a few days. I don't get along well with MIL (a mild understatement) and I work in retail, so it's the perfect excuse to no longer join them.
I meet them in Baltimore on Christmas day to hang out with the aunts/uncles/cousins (who I love) and may stay there overnight before I drive back to NY, or I might drive back that night (usually depends on the weather).
Mad, the Chinese places here aren't open! ugh, what are the people without family who don't cook to do?
I don't know. I was hoping for a nice quiet just me and dh Christmas. But dad said they were coming up. which means I get to spend day before and Christmas Eve cleaning. and finding a place that's open for us to eat or go shopping for food (I found out AFTER i went shopping this weekend).
I should start cleaning now. Sigh. Dh will go see mil I'm assuming while I'm cleaning.
Christmas Eve with my mom's side and DH's family is at our house, Christmas Day will just be me and DH and the dog and cats! The families aren't happy but we decided since this will be the last Christmas just me and DH that is how we are going to spend it!
My parents are divorced too and it used to cause soooo many issues of who went where and when, but now that my Dad goes out of the country for the holidays life is easier!!! I get to see him for New Years
i am making (actually having catered) dinner which will be served around noon, enjoying the company of my in-laws. I then have to go to work at the bowling alley from 5pm until midnight. Good prices if you want to keep me company!!
Christmas Eve is just me and DH. Christmas Day we'll go over to his ex-wife's house for gift exchange and an early dinner. (Love blended families ***sarcasm alert***)
DH and his ex have 2 grown children. When we first got together, they had to do "the run" every holiday. First by our house, then their mother's house, then their grandparents. And of course there was food at every one and were expected to eat. And Nicki was dragging 2 little ones with her too. Nicki pitched a fit one year about never having her parents together in the same room again so after about 4 years we were able to come together for our first Christmas. We do it for the kids, especially the grandkids. They love having us all together. To them it's normal.
E Gads, that has to be uncomfortable for you, Melissa,,,,it's good that you can get along for a while though,,,I'd NEVER expect my parents to be in the same room for that long,,,,except maybe for a wedding or something and sitting at SEPARATE tables
We do. Christmas Eve has always been ours. And this year he is off too. (He normally works on Christmas Eve.) Normally I make a special dinner for just the two of us. This year I'm making him lasagna - one of his favorites.
that sounds wonderful!!!!!! My Christmas Eve consists of trying to keep the SIL from getting so drunk he breaks a window or something else stupid He's not a big drinker, and 2 drinks and he's staggering
A very blended holiday for me, especially since I am Jewish. On CE I will be taking some of our University's Chinese students to see the Moscow Ballet perform the Nutcracker. On CD will be home with SE, and we are having a friend or two over for dinner.
This is a great holiday for us, since the prior three years I was unemployed and we did not do anything, too busy trying to keep a roof over our heads. I am so happy to be working again.