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20/12/2012 at 15:47
On Christmas Day we usually get up quickly open presents and then go and see both sets of parents on the morning and then rush back to start dinner and spend the time with just the 4 of us. We usually limit our stay to an hour each at both parents. We are thinking that this year will be the last year do this and from next year just stay home and not see parents. We feel it will be a shame to drag the boys away from their toys especially as they are now getting older and more aware. Plus I is always such a rush.
Anyone else spend the day without seeing other family on Christmas Day?
20/12/2012 at 16:02
We'll spend the majority of the day just me, H & 3 kids. We may see my parents for an hour but they are really busy hosting for both sets of grandparents all day so we may not see them at all.
We go out in the morning to PIL's usually for about an hour, then go across the road to my parents house where we stay for Christmas dinner. We are usually out all day from around 10am - 8/9pm but we have said this year that we will come home earlier. We aren't going to PIL until 11ish then we are hoping to have dinner, have an hour or so after that and be home for around 5pm so we can spend time together and chill in our new pj's and the kids can play with their presents.
20/12/2012 at 16:05
Hubs and I will be alone all day on christmas day, apart possibly from popping into our neighbours for festive drinks (for him, not me) as they've asked us. I just really wanted to do our own thing this year, if all goes to plan next year will be bedlum so we're having a calm one. We're seeing my parents on christmas eve and his on boxing day so i don't feel like we're missing out. My SiL is hosting my parents at her and my brothers house on christmas day, and i know she's not done it before so i think us not being there too will ease the pressure a little bit - i hope!
20/12/2012 at 16:09
Yep! Just the 3 of us. Our parents are 1 hour, 3 hours and 5 hours away so don't see them.
Last year we went to friends on Boxing Day but no plans have been made this year (she'll be 37 weeks pregnant).
Could the parents not come to you?
20/12/2012 at 16:36
Parents could come to us but I wouldn't want both sets at the same time as SIL will be with the in laws and we don't get on too well and she has said a few hurtful and insensitive things to my mom (very long story). So it would be case of managing the timing of it all when who would come when etc, plus I would want to kick the in laws out after an hour and I can't really control how long they stay.
We see both sets of parents on Xmas eve and boxing anyway so its not like we don't see them at all, we also see in laws once a week all year round and my parents most days all year round as my mom helps to look after my boys.
20/12/2012 at 16:37
We used to alternate which parents house we went to each year, but since having our little boy who is now 20 months we decided that we would spend Christmas Day at home and have our dinner just the 3 of us, which didn't go down too well with H's Dad but we weren't bothered. Last year my parents and brother came over to our house on Christmas Day morning and spent a couple of hours with us and then we had to go down to H's parents where we stayed for an hour and then came home.
This year, my parents and brother are coming over Christmas morning and will be having bacon sandwiches with us and they will stay for a couple of hours, H's parents have said that they will come over this year as well as H's youngest brother is making their Christmas dinner.
20/12/2012 at 16:50
Christmas eve and day is just the 3 of us. Like GB our families are 4 and 3 hours away so it means having guests, or being overnight guests.
It's a tradition that started because Luke spent his first Christmas very poorly in hospital, and his second Christmas he had only just come home so we wanted him all to ourselves.
This year is the first year that I've compromised and said we will visit the ILs on Boxing day.
20/12/2012 at 17:01
Ahh, if you see them the day before and after then I wouldn't worry. As a kid I saw my Nana (mam's mam) on Christmas Day (my Dad used to collect her and take her home), then Boxing Day my Dad's family used to go to my Grandma's (his Mam's) and then on NYD my Grandma and Granda used to come to us. I think you just have to work out an arrangement which suits your family.
We don't really see anyone over Christmas, which is a bit sad although I think my parents are coming down for a few days on the Saturday after Christmas.
Before Little Miss we used to travel 2 hours on Christmas Day from my mam's to his mam's (usually a 3 hour journey). It's too much now, and will only get worse as she gets older and wants to play with her new toys.
20/12/2012 at 17:58
I couldn't not see my Mum on Christmas day, so not an option here.
She lives less than 10 minutes up the road though. I imagine it'd be harder if she lived hours away. We have nothing to do with any of H's family, so we don't see them.
20/12/2012 at 18:47
Yep, we will have Christmas just the three of us!
Both sets of parents live about 3 hours away in opposite directions so we see them after Christmas.
I'm looking forward to our little family day.
21/12/2012 at 17:21
Much to my ILs disgust, we are having Xmas just the two of us this year. We don't plan to see anyone else at all.
It's mine and Hs 4th as a couple - the first he was in afghan, second was spent at his parents (both of us, which was hell on earth, before driving 2hours to my Dads), the 3rd (our first as a married couple) H was in afghan again and so this year is a good chance for us to have us time, especially as i'm now 38 weeks pregnant, and they are 4 hours away.
We've had Hs family invite themselves up (we told them no) and also had them nag us to go down (because they do have hospitals in Milton Keynes.....) but, we are happy with what we have. When LO is here there is no way i'll be dragging her away from home, people will have to come up to us, and will also need to book hotels/restaurants for dinner if they wish to be here as we dont have space *heartless*
21/12/2012 at 18:09
We have mine and H's family over on Christmas Eve so that we can get away with having Christmas Day alone without having to go and see them. We've done this ever since we moved in together and will continue to do so now E is here!
21/12/2012 at 19:54
It will just be the three of us at home this year. They will eb seeing their Dad and their grandparents on Boxing Day.
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