My parents spilt up whilst I was a baby, and my mother and step-dad split up when I was still very young so spending special occasions in different places was the norm for me. (Like it is for many children nowadays)
But Christmas was my most favourite time of year, mainly because I got to have twice the amount of food (not to mention presents!) However now with that I am older with a family of my own, I find myself worrying about the holidays for that very same reason.
Last year was our daughters first Christmas and so naturally everyone wanted to be a part of her day. However leading up to the big day I had been in hospital due to an infection so I was still quite tired and weak. To make things easier it was decided that both our families (on our mother's sides) would visit us to save us the double journey.
We spent the morning just us 3 (and dodge the dog) unwrapping gifts and listening to Christmas tunes. My fiancé then cooked the Christmas dinner and we ate in peace before finally that afternoon our families arrived.
Now we don't have a dining room in our house, so to say it was crowded was an understatement. Just take a look for yourselves.
Thankfully everyone gets along from both our sides and it turned out to be a great afternoon. Isabella was throughly spoilt and everyone enjoyed seeing her on her first Christmas.
Boxing Day is usually the day when we see the dads of both or sides, however last year my fiancés dad was unavailable and so we just split the day between my dad and step dad. Seeing one in the morning and then the other in the afternoon. (As this is basically now our tradition.)
This year our Boxing Day will probably be the same, (as I said it's now tradition) however to save our lounge from looking like Asda on Black Friday we've decided to visit our mothers separately again.
We will wake up at our own home and open our presents and eat breakfast together, before making our way to Ben's mums and seeing his family and eat Christmas dinner with them. Then mid afternoon we will head back home and meet my family here where we will open the remainder of the gifts and have some festive snacks.
And thats our plans basically it. I hope if you have a similar situaton with your family this has offered you some help. There are a few less-stressing ways to do it. I'd love to hear about how you all plan to spend your Christmases. I still can't believe that this time next year we will be catering for 2 little ones. (By the way: any tips on how to do that are defiantly welcome!)
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