Post # 32
@MCC919:Its easy when the families are getting along with each other. My family does things earlier in the day and are usually ready to be done by 5 or 6 where his family doesn’t even start anything until 6 or 7 at night (mostly because of FIs sister) so when one is ready for us to be gone we just go to the other. But witht he divorce happening right now (like right this second) the holiday are going to suck because everyone is going tobe expected to choose sides (FIs mom is the type to disown if you don’t pick her over FIs dad, its just a mess). Last year it was so easy though.
Post # 33
@Pickles-Bee: We split between FOUR families since both DH & my parents are divorced. Thankfully we have my mom in the bunch who is pretty laid back about it all and we don’t have 4 parents all like MIL! eek! lol
Post # 34
@runsyellowlites:I would be the same way with 4 due to divorces but my fathers side of the family kindof dropped us when my parents got divorces so I don’t need to worry about them. I know I was lucky to only have two there for awhile.
Post # 35
We are very lucky that his parents like to celebrate on Christmas Eve and mine like to celebrate on Christmas day, and both live within an hour of our house. For other holidays we alternate – one year we’ll have thanksgiving with my family and easter at his, the next year thanksgiving with his family and easter with mine.
We might be making an exception this year though…I just found out my grandma has cancer and I will not have the opportunity to see her until thanksgiving (she is out of the state), and it is supposed to be his family’s year for it…luckily he is super understanding about it.
Post # 36
His fam for Thanksgiving and mine for Christmas, then we’ll switch next year.
Post # 37
We normally do one at one set of parents and the other and the other. This year, however, we couldn’t make it to my parent’s for Thanksgiving (they live across the country) so we’re doing Thanksgiving just the two of us!
For Christmas we’re going to visit his parents AND my parents are coming down to join us so we’ll have everyone together for our first married Christmas! I’m really happy about that!
Post # 38
We will be spending it with my family since my FI’s family live in a different state.
Post # 39
We switch off (one year we go to his parents for Thanksgiving and go to mine for Christmas. The next year is reversed). This year we are going to my family’s for Christmas. The families live about 5 hours apart, so we can’t split days and no one wants to spend Christmas in the car.
I find it difficult to spend Christmas away from my family…it doesn’t help that other then the fact that there’s a tree and people are actually celebrating Christmas, our traditions couldn’t be more different. That part I find really difficult.
Post # 40
We don’t have thanks giving, so I didn’t vote in the poll. We did his family Christmas day last year, and are doing mine this year, so he gets to pick what we do for NYE. I think he would rather spend the day just us two, but I definately rather be with family (mine or his).
Post # 41
Thanksgiving with his family, Christmas with mine. This is how we’ve done it for the past 3 years (since getting engaged) don’t know if it will always stay this way though!
Post # 42
such a difficult decision to make! luckily his parents are an hour away and mine are 15 minutes. I think we will do thanksgiving at my parents house then go down to his parents house friday or saturday and do a bonfire with the college kids that will be home.
Christmas eve we will go to his parents house, spend the night, go to church and open gifts in the monring (they still have some little ones so its more exciting that way) then head to my parents for christmas dinner.
Post # 43
We don’t have thanksgiving here, we try and see one set of parents on Christmas day, the other on Boxing day the day after then alternate the next year 🙂
Post # 44
We live in CA, so does his entire family. My entire family lives in FL. I work retail, and at my job, our blackout period for time off is 10/15 – 1/05 or something like that. So I/we go visit my family mid/late January, but do Thanksgiving and Christmas with his.
I like it better that way, anyways 🙂
Post # 45
@spaneshal: A lot of our decision to switch years was due to my affinity for Boxing Day. I HATE how it’s turned so commerical in North America. In Canada, we recently started opening malls and stores on the 26th of December and I’m so not a fan. I’m not sure what you do in the UK (didn’t it start as sort of a Twelfth Night thing in the army with role reversals?), but I insist on wearing pjs for most of the day and eating enormous turkey sandwiches. I call it the “Holy” Day of Boxing Day. It’s a day to relax (unless my parents have signed the family up for a curling tournement) and play with your toys. 🙂
Post # 46
@ArwenBride: What is boxing day?