(Closed) NWR – How do you and your siblings share the holidays?

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

My brother and I live just 2 hours from our parents (we live in the same town). My brother’s in laws live in the same town that he and I live in. My DH’s dad lives about 3 hours away, and my DH’s mom lives about 9 hours away. 

So, my brother and his wife always come up to my parents’ house on Christmas in the afternoon. They do Christmas eve with her family and Christmas morning themselves at home. We do my DH’s dad’s side the weekend before Christmas every year. We alternate Christmas with my family and my MIL’s. So basically my parents get to see my brother every year (for half a day) and us every other year (but for a 3-4 day visit). My Father-In-Law sees us every year but the week before Christmas, and my Mother-In-Law sees us every other year for a few days. My DH’s sister is single so she goes to my MIL’s house for christmas every year (she also comes the weekend before Christmas to see my FIL)

Post # 4
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

My siblings are all younger and not in this situation (though I am dreading the day that ALL of us have to balance this) but so far it’s worked pretty well with Future Brother-In-Law. FBIL and his Girlfriend try to be at FI’s family’s house the same time we are. Then Fiance and I leave for my family and they go to FBIL’s GF’s. Hopefully one day my bros & sis will do the same so we can all see eachother at the same time. If not 🙁

This is made a lot easier this year since we’ve moved back closer. We live within 30 mins of my parents and 30 mins (in the opposite direction) of his. We did it on purpose. Who knows where our siblings will all scatter to one day, but we’re both the oldest.

Post # 5
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My brother is in the Army and across the country, so we see him very little during the holidays.  When he is in town, I make it my mission to spend them with him.  When he doesn’t come to town then my family is hit or miss as is DHs family.  We got lucky with Thanksgiving.  Alot of my family came into town and DHs family didn’t have a get together, so his mom came to our house then we all went to my dads.  Somehow it all usually just works out. 

Post # 6
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

My husband’s family lives in Georgia and my family lives up near us so we go to Georgia for Thanksgiving with his parents and 3 sisters and their families while my mom and brothers have Thanksgiving together up here. 

Since my husband’s family is Jewish we spend Christmas Eve and Christmas with my mom and my brothers at my mom’s house and the second half of Christmas day at my dad’s house. 

Post # 7
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

It is different every year.  Pretty much a free-for-all at this point.  I live near my Dad now and spend Thanksgiving at his sister’s house and Christmas Eve at his brother’s house with that side of my family.  My sisters were just out at my mother’s for Thanksgiving.  Last year for Thanksgiving I went to see some old childhood friends.  This year I will see them on Christmas day.  One year my sister had us to her house (my other sister and I) for Thanks.  Yeah.  It is pretty much different every year.  One year I went to my mother’s for Christmas and no one else came.  I wish my family got along, but I am done hoping!

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