(Closed) Anyone spending the holidays without your ‘normal’ family?

posted 11 years ago in Married Life
Post # 17
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813 posts
Busy bee

I will be spending Thanksgiving at work and probably Christmas and New Years as well. I will be going home to see my family the weekend before Christmas, but this will be the first time I won’t actually see my mom and dad on Christmas. I’m not a huge fan of it, but I haven’t seen the rest of my family at Christmastine in 3 years, so that will be a nice change.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We’re going up to visit DH’s family.  I’ve never been there and it’s been at least 8 years since he’s been there.  I have a small family and am used to small, casual holiday dinners.  This one’s gonna be HUGE and I will only know 3 people!  But it’ll be ok.  My sister and I both married within the last 2 years and we’re trying to figure out our holiday routines.  It takes a lot of work and some sensitive discussions!

Post # 19
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8246 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re spending Thanksgiving with my family this year and X-mas with DH’s family.  DH’s family never doesn’t much for Thanksgiving so we aren’t missing much there.  But this will be the first year that I have not woken up in my parent’s house on X-mas morning!  It’s going to be a little strange.  I am excited to spend the holidays with DH’s family though!

Post # 20
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15 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Mr. Turtle's Grandparents' backyard, Arroyo Grande, CA

Oh man, do I feel you!! I have never missed a Thanksgiving or Christmas with my family. But this year, it will be just Mr. Turtle and I on both holidays, (due to moving across the country and my work schedule.) I get super emotional whenever I dwell on it, as my family has so many traditions I can’t believe I’m missing out on… and Mr. T and I keep joking about how weird it’ll be to only open presents from each other, and eat at a table set for two.  But I’m trying to make the best out of it and view it as an opportunity to make new memories together, (and also as an exception, as I hope to spend the rest of our Christmases surrounded by family!)  Good luck to all of you with starting new traditions!

Post # 21
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Xmas isnt a huge holiday with my family, which isn’t bad since we can spend it with FI’s family…. except this year we’re spending this holiday season on vacation.  And probably next year too.  I feel really bad since its really the only extended time we can fly out to spend time there b/c our work practically gives us 2 weeks off already, but it also makes it the only time we can take a 3-4 week vacation.  We couldn’t get back this Thanksgiving, but we’ll be out there next Thanksgiving to try to make up for missing Xmas again. 

Post # 22
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554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

It is really hard when you get married and have to share Xmas with inlaws.  I don’t really enjoy the Christmas’ with my husband’s family.  They all sit around talking about themselves and barely ask me any questions. 

This year I’m at my parent’s home…yay!!

My tip is, call your Mom and send her your love, enjoy the food if you can’t enjoy the company wherever you will be!!

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