Post # 1
I’m hosting Christmas for the first time this year, and trying to find a date that will work for everyone is making me crazy! One day doesn’t work for my cousin and his family, and when I responded immediately to his email asking when they could make it, it took 10 days for them to respond. On top of that, they still didn’t let me know when they would be available! The other date I proposed won’t work for my sister and her family.
Plus, my mom keeps calling me because my aunt called her about it, which isn’t reducing my stress level.
It’s enough to start making me feel Scrooge-y. When nitpicky things create Holiday stress (AKA worrying about shit that doesn’t ultimately matter) gets to you, what do you do to get back in the spirit?
Post # 3
I vote pick a date when most people can make it and tough shit to the rest.
Post # 4
This year I am voting to stay home and not drive the 7 hours just to rehash my life with everyone who doesn’t care 364 days of the year. They can come to me and I can sit on my own comfy couch and listen to their bs!
I am looking forward to decorating and meal planning though!
Post # 5
Do they all have other Christmas dinners to attend? I’d just pick the 25th and the ones who can’t come can just deal with it!
Post # 6
@strawbs: Yeah, I’m figuring that’s really the only way. No more asking what will work for people.
@Pinkmoon: We have Christmas with a different side of the family on Christmas itself. When I was growing up, this side (my mom’s) always got together on Christmas Eve, but now that all of the cousins have significant others, and some have kids, “Christmas Eve” generally doesn’t happen on the day anymore.
@MississippiQueen: Sounds like a good plan!