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I love to be home on christmas morning...I just love that moment of peace and quiet...even as were opening our presents. The christmas music is playing and everyone takes turns opening. It's my favorite time! Of course, it's usually so early that we are all quiet because we're still half asleep.
With my parents gone to Kansas now, we usually have christmas day open and get to spend the entire day home. My dad and step mom come on Christmas eve. And then we have christmas with the inlaws the weekend before. This year, his parents and brother and his kids will be coming for Christmas day. I'm starting to stress a little because I now need to prepare a meal on christmas eve and day. Oh well...it'll be all good.
We prefer to spend Christmas morning at our home with just us 3 Some years we have not lived near family so it wasnt an option anyway, but when we are near family we see them Christmas afternoon or Christmas Eve.
I seem to be an oddball, but I don't mind not being at home Christmas morning. Maybe it's because as a kid, we normally weren't home on Christmas morning. When we lived in NE and travelled to WI for Christmas, Santa would come a week or so before Christmas so we could travel. Then after we moved to IL, we started opening gifts Christmas Eve morning because we leave around 8 am to go to my Grandma's in WI. As an adult, I have always said that as long as my Grandma continues to host Christmas, we will go. She, and some other elderly relatives won't be around forever. My kids can open gifts anytime! We've opened gifts Christmas Eve morning and it works out well!
She keeps saying that one of these years she is going to give up the cookie decorating and the big Christmas lunch (usually 30-40 people) and even though she'll be 80 in a few months, I can't imagine her giving it up. She's done it for so long! She's an awesome nearly 80 year old though-works 25+ hours a week, runs my cousins to/from activities, goes polka dancing almost every Sunday, and keeps up with their sheep, she said she has a record #, 17, ewes pregnant this year! She's amazing!
Last edited by ~Kris~; December 17th, 2012 at 11:43 AM.
I insist on being at home Christmas morning...just us. The kids get up early, open gifts...then we head to DHs parents house. Sometimes we open gifts from them on Christmas Eve, and sometimes it's on Christmas day after our morning at home. We go see his parents and then head to his Aunts house for dinner and the kids all open gifts from Aunts and Uncles on dh's dad's side of the family. The adults do a white elephant type of exchange. Then we go back to DH's parents house where there are more gifts with DHs mom's side of the family. Then if it's not too late we go to his other Aunts house just for a bite to eat and hello then home late It's a busy day for sure!
I wish we could be home, but DH wants to travel during his weeks off to warm places, so the past 3 years we haven't been. no fun for me. I want the Norman Rockwell Christmas at MY house, with everyone coming here!!! I k now this is temporary, as IL's are 72, and who knows how long they'll be able to travel or whatnot. Because of that, I don't mind making the trip down, but at the same time, I wish family were closer to us!
__________________ Gwynne, celebrating the newest of our four precious miracles Hat's off to Vicki for my cute siggy, thank you!
I enjoy seeing extended family to celebrate the holidays howe er I insist on being home on Christmas morning. It is only our little family to spend Christmas morning together and to do the Santa thing together. Having this little time to ourselves is very very important to me.
I prefer to be at home on Christmas. For about 5 years we were going four different places on Christmas and it felt very stressful. Last year I decided we would not be doing that anymore and would be staying home from now on. It worked last year but my mom gave me a guilt trip this year so we'll be going to her house. I need to learn to put my foot down.