Trying to make everyone happy never works.
Being the usual people-pleasers we are, we decided we could do it all! Fulfill all of our family visiting obligations in 3 days! In the end it was too much back and forth, my folks live two hours away from us so we spent a lot of time driving and there was always that rushed feeling of needing to be somewhere at a certain time and needing to cut visits short in order to leave early. Then when we had to drive two hours and rush back home for a Christmas Day supper that was supposed to have started at 4pm....and didn't actually start until 8pm..........that was the last straw and a decision was made then and there to split the holidays. We have been happier ever since! (even though our parents had to get used to the idea....fast). It became our first holiday tradition.
Anyone else have to lay down the law during the holidays?
This year, we are going to my parents' place. All of my side will be there this year, which will make it special....as we know every year will not be like this. Both of our families celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve (Polish and Ukrainian traditions) - the meatless 12 dish supper (which includes perogies - Hubs' favorite), opening of presents, singing of Christmas carols and attending Christmas Eve mass.
Christmas Day is usually very low-key.....turkey supper, lounging around, visiting, reading, watching movies.
And of course, there's the before Christmas ritual we cannot forget (besides decorating the tree)....
Watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation! Remember, it's one of my favorite movies....and for those in Canada, the movie is airing on Sunday night on CBC!