Post # 1
So this is our first Thanksgiving as a married couple, and I had been adamant that I was not going to split up so we could each go to our respective families’ Thanksgivings. So Darling Husband and I decided we would spend it with my family. My mom then graciously invited DH’s parents, who accepted. So I will now be spending Thanksgiving with my entire family (aunt, uncle, cousins–all a veeery loud bunch) and DH’s parents (quieter, mainly Russian speaking). I’m feeling pretty nervous about this…anyone else having a similar situation? Or any advice? I mean, I’m sure they’ll all get along great. It’s just the idea of my entire family and DH’s parents in a small-ish apartment for many hours. I’m going to need some wine for sure!
Post # 3
Our Thanksgiving was last month since I’m in Canada. We’ve always had both families over for Thanksgiving at our house since we bought our house 8 years ago! We cook the turkey and desserts and my parents and brother and my inlaws and sister in law bring over the side dishes. I love having eveyrone over at once instead of having to go back and forth to two places in one day. We do the same with Thanksgiving. Then everyone gets to see us/our kids and there’s no having to disappoint anyone!
I am very fortunate that our families get along so well!!! It really helps!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving. We had ours last month. I am envious of all you Americans getting your turkey and trimmings tomorrow!!!
Post # 4
@BanditGirl: Very true, it definitely makes it easier to be able to see everyone at once and not have to feel bad about neglecting one side of the family 🙂
Post # 5
Not this year but we did this last year. Or the year before. Can’t remember now.
DH’s (he was my Dear Fiance at the time) parents flew in from NC to spend Tgiving at my parents’ house with us. His brother & family also came from San Diego.
My brother’s family was in town as well. And a bunch of our "orphan" friends.
My family likes to PAR-TAY. His parents are the opposite. His mom haD never even been drunk before. Before she spent Tgiving at my mom’s house! LOL.
It was fun. Everyone got along great. Wine definitely helped!
Post # 6
Sound like you are going to have the same thanksgiving I’m having! and just like you I will be making sure that there will be plenty of wine
Post # 7
Yup. We’re having our first Thanksgiving together as one family. My parents are hosting and invited one set of FI’s parents, (we’re doing Friday thanksgiving with the other set). I’m also nervous as we have a big loud Russian family and FI’s family is much more reserved. Oh well. They better get used to it now because I’ve already told Fiance that I want to do thanksgivings (our only shared holiday – he’s catholic, I’m jewish), together. Growing up we always celebrated all holidays with both sets of grandparents and it made for great family memories and environment for me to have my whole family together. I want the same thing for our future children.
Post # 8
I was going to suggest wine, but it sounds like you’ve got that covered 😉
We’re actually hosting for both sides of our families (we both have small families though, and will only have about 10 people total, not a huge undertaking!). We live between both families and this way noone gets short changed. We think we’ll probably keep this as a tradition, we’ll host Thanksgiving then do Christmas separate.
Post # 9
Hah seems like wine helps out in every situation 🙂
@Meowkers: It would definitely be nice for our kids to have this tradition to look forward to every year…I think this is probably a one time thing, as DH’s aunt usually does something and his parents usually go there, but that didn’t happen this year since his aunt is away.
@Theresa90405: DH’s mom also does not drink–ever!! I’ll have to make sure she has some wine and loosens up a little 🙂
Post # 10
@hilsy85: My Mother-In-Law never cared for the taste of alcohol so that’s why she didn’t drink much. I eased her in with mimosas. And she actually loves them now.
Post # 11
Me! We’re going to FI’s parent’s house and they invited my parents. Usually my mom hosts Thanksgiving for my immediately family, but my 2 sisters won’t be home this year, so having Thanksgiving with just the 3 of us seemed lonely. FI’s mom goes ALL. OUT. There are 24 people coming and their family loves to party and they’re very loud. My parent’s have met his before but hopefully this won’t be too much for them! I know the alcohol will be flowing…
Post # 12
That sounds great! I hope next year when we have our house we are able to do the same…excpet I have 3 sisters, 2 brother in laws, 4 nephews and 2 neices, and a grandmother where as Fiance only has his parents. Might be a little one sided but it would be great to try!
This year, we are going to my boss’s house for brunch with her son (my employee) and his girfriend (my best friend), then off to dinner with my side and dessert with his side. I should also try to squeeze in the gym and have to work at 6am on Black Friday.
The idea of having it all at one place sounds like heaven right about now!
Post # 13
Yep. My parents live about ten miles from my husband’s parents. This will be our first married Thanksgiving, and our second Thanksgiving at which my family (including sister) comes over to my in-laws’ house for the meal. Don’t be nervous about it, just have a glass of wine and relax and let everyone make friends. Hopefully it will all work out well.