(Closed) How do you handle holidays?

posted 9 years ago in Married Life
Post # 47
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

DH’s family is all within an hour of us (grandparents, parents, aunts/uncles, cousins, etc), while mine is all 3+ hours.

Since my siblings are all married, we have come up with a solution for holidays:

Thanksgiving we do on Wednesday night, usually at my sisters. The grandparents come for this as well, as does the other sister if she is able to make it. Then Thursday morning we go to the parade in the city before we head back to our place and have dinner with DH’s family on Thursday night. It’s a lot of running around, but it keeps everyone happy.

Christmas for DH’s family is done a few days before usually at one grandparents, then on Christmas Eve at the other. We then get to spend Christmas day just the two of us, as it’s been my one request. Depending on weather, we usually go up to my family the day after or weekend after (depends on the day of the week it falls on). My family does a huge run around of relatives, include great aunts/uncles, all the aunts/uncles, cousins, etc. We usually do as many people as we can in about 2 days, then call it quits. It’s really annoying, but it’s about the only time we see these relatives each year, except at funerals… With my family being a little further north we have to judge weather, as if it is going to snow we tend to just stay home and make a bunch of phone calls.

This is our last holiday season without a child, so next year things may change. DH is the only one that has moved out of the parents house in his family (siblings still live at home, cousins are all under 18), so it’s been pretty difficult trying to split holidays. They aren’t used to having to share, so it really upsets them when we miss something. They are already talking about Easter this year and how the baby will be there.. well what if we decide to do my family instead? You are all within an hour, you can come to our house and visit the baby if you really want…

Oh holidays.. I hate you.

Post # 49
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This is our first year married so we can’t do our usual. So far we have planned..

Thanksgiving (late) lunch with my family. His family usually gets together at night for sandwhiches/soup and Trivial Pursuit so we’ll head there after.

Christmas Eve day will be with my family and Christmas Eve night will be with his family. We haven’t decided on Christmas day. We both do something small the morning of so we’re not sure how to tackle that. I luckily don’t have to work until 7p so we’ll probably have time do both.

ETA: Our families live in the same town so it makes holidays a little easier 🙂

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