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We very rarely celebrate with family. It just never seems to work out that we can afford the trip, have time off together the same time as Joes family does. Someone on one end or the other is lacking in some department. sad really
My mom lives to far and has only been able to come for christmas once in the last 7 years or so. She generally saves up for a summer visit, but she didn't come this year at all because she is planning on moving her next year and was saving her pennies.
We do make a turkey day diinner. It is just us and it suits me ok. I don't really like crowds and if we had company or went somewhere my tummy would be in knots for days trying to work my courage up for it.
Christmas we do a christmas eve present for everyone in the house. jammies to open and wear christmas morning. We also like to make hot chocolate and play christmas music and go look at lights. We live out away from town so it really is quite cozy and fun to be bundled in the car. The actual day we get up and do stocking, then gifts, then we make monkey bread and play around all day. Joe and I make a nice dinner.
I love the jammies for Christmas morning, that's cool
Obviously Thanksgiving isn't a South African thing, but the American in me just absolutely has to have turkey and gammon and 'punkin pie on Thanksgiving so I always do a big spread for dinner, I invite everyone and whoever wants to come over can. I usually make way too much food, LOL.
Haven't seen my mom for 11 years, kind of sad really. Hoping she can find someone to travel with her soon as I can afford a ticket for her but the price is out of this world for DH, me and the kids to go there. PLus 22 hours on an airplane with 2 kids, UH UH!
The few days before Christmas we start our movie marathons, takes us 2 days to watch all of the Harry Potters and we do it every year. Christmas day is Polar Express and the animated Christmas Carol.
Not many houses that decorate with lights (no snow and Christmas is summer here) but there is 1 town where they go crazy with the lights and decorations so we drive there Christmas Eve. It's about an hour from us but well worth it.
Let see for the past 3 years its just been be and my sons. husband always seems to be away for that. he has only missed 1 christmas.. this year again its me and my boys so we just make treats and cook together, my girl is out on her own doing her own thing. so gonna miss her. for christmas we drag it out lol. we try to sleep in but we will have our coffee take a shower and have 1 more cup of coffee. buy them the kids are driving us nuts lol.. but it will be hubbys and the boys for x mas and maybe my brother inlaw
We celebrate Thanksgiving with my side of the family. His family would not celebrate all together even if we were living close by. . . they share genetic material but don't really have what you would call a friendship. While Katie and DH laze at home on Thanksgiving morning, I go with my aunt to the Thanksgiving sale at the store where I work (since I always work Friday and not Thursday) then we all go to my aunt's house, finish our part of the preparations (with my mom, of course) and then go meet at my uncle's house for dinner with my extended family. This year we have my cousin's daughter's Sweet Sixteen on Saturday, a family party for Katie on Sunday, Katie's actual birthday on Monday, a little party for the 16 year old on her birthday (Tuesday) and then Thanksgiving on Thursday. . . whoa, what a busy week I have ahead of me.
We also celebrate Christmas. We have five birthdays in December as well (my sister, BIL and three cousins). We celebrate with my mom, dad and aunt on Christmas morning (love Katie having a multigenerational living arrangement). Since my aunt lives alone, she stays with us on Christmas Eve and we all get up and watch Katie open stuff on Christmas morning and if the weather is too icky to stay at our house, we do everything at my aunt's. I keep Katie's presents boxed up until Christmas Eve so she has 'Santa' regardless of where we are. My sister and BIL come up for brunch and then we do lunch with the extended family.