Used to go to my parents house for lunch with one or somtimes both sisters (one is in another stateb) but I moved 300km away a couple of years ago. So last year was just dp kids and I and dps mum & partner. At our house. This year, my parents, dps brother, partner and kids, and dps mum are all coming to ours for lunch.. first time ive hosted for so many people! Its never an overly big thing for either family though, just a general family gathering
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01-12-2015 15:57 #31
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01-12-2015 16:19 #33
I love spending Christmas with a crowd. I guess it stems from my childhood experiences. My Dad's side of the family were close and Christmas was a big family affair and I have really fond memories of those times.
My ILs are French, so Christmas Eve is important to them. Each year we have dinner with them, go and see some Xmas lights and then do presents. Since my Dad died, Mum is usually at our place by then so she comes too.
Christmas Day varies but always involves my Mum, the ILs, one or both of my siblings, some of my nieces and nephew and then various friends (who we call family). Many of our friends are from interstate so if any of them are alone for the day they join us. The more the merrier.
02-12-2015 10:30 #34
I would LOVE to do Xmas eve with H's family, and Xmas day just us.... but because they only see the kids at xmas on alternate years, I will never get that wish.
Growing up we went to mums family xmas eve, dad's xmas day, and our family time was 26th which was spent cleaning up.... I hated it. It was never fun or relaxing.
27 years later and I haven't had a single relaxing xmas...
02-12-2015 10:46 #35Senior Member
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We spend Christmas with family but I enjoy that - sucks when you feel forced to do something you'd really rather not do.
This year (depending on blood test results as always!) we're having Christmas at home on the farm because the last few years we've been in the city due to my health and the kids really want to wake up in their own beds!
We're having the inlaws over which will be nice.
We'll head to the city on the 27th and have a belated Christmas with my parents and brothers family.
02-12-2015 13:37 #36
As a kid it was almost always wake up Christmas morning, unwrap presents, pack clothes and 1 toy from Christmas day then make the 2 hour drive to my Nana's where we did Christmas lunch before my mum and step dad left to go find leaving my brother and I at my Nana's for 2 weeks. By the time we got home the novelty of all the presents was gone and we lost interest in them before we even got to play with most of them.
Until a few years ago we would do the whole big extended family thing but now we are having our own kids and doing the alternating Christmases it's getting too hard. A couple years ago my mum and step dad went 8 hours away for Christmas with extended family and for one reason or another my sister, brother and us couldn't go so we decided to host Christmas ourselves. We left the invitation open to family and friends. If you came you brought a plate to share and a gender based gift for a lucky dip later that night. It was such a success we continue to do the theme each year among immediate family at lunch time or dinner. It was such a success we have friends ask each year if we are doing it again because their extended family never do anything.
I find hosting so much more relaxing than stressing about driving 2 hours here and an hour there while spending a couple hours at other people's houses.
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04-12-2015 10:39 #37
ETA: I didn't even have a coffee last year... was so over the day by 11am.
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