Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Chaos

I would like to start off by saying that I LOVE Christmas!! I love all the parties, spending time with family and friends, good food, time off work, decorations, Christmas songs, good food...oh wait, I already said that, but I'm sorry, I really like food...and of course the reason for the season.

However, I'd be lying if I said I didn't get a little more than stressed this time of year.

Nick and I both come from divorced parents, and both parents have remarried, which makes for a lot of folks to try and see at any holiday, and Christmas is no exception. Here's a rundown of our schedule for this year:

Christmas Eve:

* Go to my mom's house that morning to do gifts with them and my step-sister's family.

* Lunch/gifts in Frankfort with my step-dad's family

* Nap, rest

* My mom's side of the family comes to my house for snacks, gifts, cookie decorating and the like

* Prepare food for Christmas lunch the next day

Christmas Day:

* Run out and see what Santa brought us! Breakfast with my favorite man and little girl

* Finish preparing Christmas lunch

* Nick's family comes over for lunch and gifts

* Nap, rest, clean

* Go to my dad's for gifts

* Go to my grandmother's for dinner

* Crash

Seriously, I'm tired just thinking about all the running!! And no, we don't actually have to travel that far to any of the places, but that's just so much crammed into two little days. My biggest regret is that we don't have more time for just the three of us on Christmas morning. I grew up always having our celebration on Christmas Eve, so this whole Christmas morning thing is new to me, and I really enjoy it! I wish we had more time to play and spend time together that morning before all the hustle and bustle. But there's no one we would want to miss seeing over Christmas, so what's a girl to do?!

Do you all have what seems like a 100 places to go for Christmas? How do you ensure good quality time with your nearest and dearest? I would love to know and maybe get a good idea or two. If you have a lot to say and end up posting about the topic, please comment with a link to the post, I'd love to see how others handle this time of year!!

1 comment:

Colin's Mom said...

Well we don't have too many places to go so that makes our lives much less hectic. We chose early on in our marriage that we'd go to one side for Thanksgiving and the other for Christmas. Luckily, Wes prefers Thanksgiving with his family so we get to stay here for Christmas. I love waking up in my own home on Christmas day.

So for Christmas Eve we go to my mom's for dinner and open gifts with my sister's family. Then Christmas morning my parents and my Granny come over to our house for breakfast and to open gifts. After that, everyone goes home and we get to spend the rest of the day with just our little family. I'm always sad when it's over though. It's like all this build up and then it's a terrible let down after the last present is opened.