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Christmas Day thread

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5 Dec
7:36am, 5 Dec 2019
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Meglet
Sometimes you have to make a stand to change family traditions.

We always went to my grandparents in Wales for Christmas. Once I was with someone seriously (now XH) we alternated Christmas Day between my family and his, but still travelled to my family in Wales at some point, usually Boxing Day. When my 2nd daughter was due 4 weeks before Christmas I put my foot down and said I wasn't travelling with a newborn. We have generally been at home at Christmas since and try to limit travelling over the Christmas period, with busy jobs and school its nice to spend some time at home.

Since divorcing I've spent alternate Christmases with my kids and my parents. My brother has his own reasons for not wanting to travel at Christmas so we're doing a family get together in January instead. (we're a bit spread out, sometimes I think it would be much easier to live closer).

This year its just me and my daughters (now both over 18) and they requested to go out for dinner, so that's what we'll do, though they may go over to their dad's later.
5 Dec
8:55am, 5 Dec 2019
10216 posts
SarahWoo
Our Christmas has changed since eldest daughter and her partner had their own home. The other three are usually with us but I'm still not used to her not being here on Christmas morning 🙄
It was lovely to have lunch at their house last year but this year, we'll be at home without her, while she entertains her in-laws. It's normal, I know, as they spread their wings, and there will be more changes ahead when the others do the same.
5 Dec
9:13am, 5 Dec 2019
26080 posts
HellsBells
last year was the first year that one of our 4 wasn't home on Christmas Day as he went to his girlfriend's parents, this year I still don't know who's doing what
5 Dec
10:07am, 5 Dec 2019
10249 posts
Markymarkmark
We're about to make a pre-Christmas journey to see my Mum and sister on the Island, then we'll do another one in January.

It is our "turn" to be visited by the youngest and family, and the local ones will be round too!

After a time families get too big and spread out to do everything and everyone over 4 days!
D2
5 Dec
12:08pm, 5 Dec 2019
11436 posts
D2
I wish I could have all my family here for Christmas but as I cant I am volunteering again and helping out at a local homeless charity lunch like we did last year. It was a bit smelly but Indi and I enjoyed it! Our outdoor pool is open on Christmas Day so I may also get a quick swim. :)
5 Dec
12:48pm, 5 Dec 2019
13577 posts
Yorkshire Pie
I haven't spent a Christmas at home since 2001 :-o to be fair that means I'm never in charge of cooking but it would be nice to have a nice chilled Christmas one year! No sign of it any time soon though.
5 Dec
3:18pm, 5 Dec 2019
29227 posts
Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
The last time I saw any of my children at Christmas was 2006 😢
5 Dec
4:26pm, 5 Dec 2019
1200 posts
Trin
Aww Mrs Jigs, that's awful. I know how it feels to not see them, especially at special times, when you think of them all the time. Luckily I get to see my son every other year (not this year though). My eldest daughter I haven't seen at all since March 2018 and not at Christmas since 2016. My youngest daughter I've not seen at Christmas since 2011 😢

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