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Loc: Why do you wanna know?
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:11:27 AM|
such as moms, dads, sisters, brothers, in-laws, friends? Or, is that day spent with your DH/SO/kids, etc.?
FYI--That avatar is NOT me; it's NOT my DH; it's NOT my father; and, I'm NOT related to him by blood or marriage. It's just a dude...wearing a Wal-Mart bag.
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I love the smell of drama in the morning!
Loc: Rockville, MD
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:14:44 AM|Not at my house but we go to my parents so they do
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:16:00 AM|
Used to have my family over (2 sister's, their DH's, my dad, my DS's sil & a family friend), but now that mine are older, we go to my sister's (she has a 5 yr. old).
With the drama we had here on Thanksgiving, I really wish we could stay home w/no guests!
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:19:44 AM|
Yes! Everyone comes over Christmas Eve for dinner and around 2pm on Christmas Day for a late lunch/dinner so we have to have 2 meals planned. Lots of work, but its fun to have everyone over.
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:19:48 AM|Generally it is only DH, kids and me. I like to have to not go out or entertain. But this year might be the first year that my parents will be coming to my house. My Mom does not want to cook. It will be very casual for sure.
My siblings do whatever they want with their families on that day also.
We get together the saturday before Christmas as a huge family of siblings and my Mom.
All of us kids have divorced parents and In laws to deal with over the holidays.
Which is why I reserve one day to just US.
I'm a Toilet Paper Pea. Are you?
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:20:08 AM|
We have my parents, dh's parents, my sister and her girls over for brunch.
In my happy place.
Loc: South Carolina
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:23:13 AM|
It varies, but this year we are having my husband's aunt, uncle and cousin come spend Christmas Day with us including a big meal at noon. Plus we will have a young sailor my son is bringing home with him on leave. I don't know the whole story but family drama prevents him from going to his home. Needless to say, we are thrilled to have him. I think I'm having as much or more fun shopping for him as for my own kids.
Pea Who Should Be Cleaning!
Loc: at home in front of the computer
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:26:44 AM|
My mom and her so are planning on coming up. If it's the same as last year, a couple of ds' friends will come spend the afternoon.
Lead With Love
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:27:03 AM|
My MIL & FIL typically come over late morning to see DS's presents and for a light meal. When they leave to go visit the other grandkids, then DH, DS and I light a fire and lounge around all day.
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|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:28:02 AM|
Christmas Eve has always been the magical time in our family. That is when we like to get together. The night, the lights, excitement and anticipation of it all is most special to us.
It may seem weird to some ... but Christmas Day is almost anticlimatic. We all go to church and have a very nice meal... but it is all about Christmas Eve in my family. (adult wise any way)
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:28:31 AM|
Not generally, but if my dh's family wants to travel to come, I wouldn't have the heart to say no.
*Stop the glorification of busy*
Loc: Living well is the best revenge...
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:30:32 AM|
All of the grandparents come by in the morning and I serve some sort of breakfast. Typically we have been up for a bit and have opened our gifts.
We relax during the afternoon or go see a movie and then we go to my SIL's for Christmas dinner and gifts with my husband's family.
Okay fine, I'll probably never skinny dip, but I'm having fun in smaller swimsuits!
Loc: Northern Illinois
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:36:19 AM|
Christmas Eve we celebrate with my husband's family. Dinner at 5:00 and presents.
Christmas Day we celebrate with my family. They arrive at noon and we have appetizers then dinner at 5:00, some of my husbands family join us for dinner after we open presents.
*****Today I will be happy as a bird with a frenchfry*****
What if everything is an illusion & nothing exists
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:36:33 AM|We live kinda far away from our families (12 hours from husbands family, 5 hours from my family). So no, we do not have people over on Christmas. Which, at this point, that's probably a good thing because Christmas takes a looong time to get through with little ones. Though it is pretty fun/amusing to watch!
Mrs Smarty Pants
PEAing Like R. Kelly
Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Now Newark NJ
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:44:54 AM|
My dad will sometimes come over to watch Justin open his gifts - but last year Justin woke up before daybreak, so my dad "sat it out" lol.
We spend xmas eve with my entire family at my cousin's house and THAT is our big celebration. Xmas day is really only for immediate family.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:48:00 AM|
It just depends. This year it will just be me, dh, and our three dd's on Christmas day. We're celebrating on Christmas Eve with my extended family, and the Sunday before Christmas with dh's extended family.
7 Sweetpeas for me
Loc: The PEAch State
|Posted: 11/27/2012 8:51:01 AM|
When my kids were little we went to my mom and dad's Christmas afternoon and evening along with my brother and his kids. It was lots of fun, crazy opening gifts with 7 children. Up until a couple of years ago we continued this tradition with grands and great grands. It was so much fun, lots of hard work putting together a big meal and all the craziness of kids but I loved it.
This year for the first time my DH and I will travel to our DS1's house to spend with his 3 girls. We will get together with our other children and grands at different times.
Different but fun. I will miss those crazy times of lots and lots of kids opening presents.
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Doxie Pea Mom
|Posted: 11/27/2012 9:09:58 AM|
Yes, my parents and my brother. Usaully I make a big meal, but we are forgoing that this year to go see Les Miserables and will just eat some home made Mac and Cheese.
I just don't see why people think I'm too patronizing (that means I treat them as if they were stupid.)
Who am I kidding? Too tired to drink tequila
Loc: Port Coquitlam, BC
|Posted: 11/27/2012 10:21:43 AM|
Yes, my dad comes over around 6:30 to see the boys open their gifts and have breakfast with us. We all go over to my mom's around 11.
Will I ever get to Buckethead?!
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
|Posted: 11/27/2012 10:53:29 AM|
We host Christmas Eve for DHs father and wife and her two adult kids. We have dinner and hang out visiting for a few hours.
For the past two years we have also hosted my family on Christmas Day. When my mom could no longer manage it and then sold her house the celebration needed to move. Our house is the one that can accomodate the group. We have anywhere from 20-30 people. I am the youngest in my family, so many of the nieces and nephews are married and some have kids. I am the only one whose kids are not adults.
We get up in the morning and have our Christmas - open presents and eat breakfast. I usually make some sort of overnight eggs or french toast that I put in the oven while we are opening gifts. The we clean up the mess and get the presents cleaned up and get ready for the company to arrive. Arrival time is typically around 1:30 and the party lasts as late as 10-11.
The Christmas meal is more of an all day grazing affair. We put out the hot food around 3 and have the first round. After that it is a free for all - eat what you want when you want.
I love Christmas and am glad that I can host the family.
Mom to a Peanut, a Slugger, and a Boo.
one of those "entitled" peas
|Posted: 11/27/2012 10:57:22 AM|
Christmas Day is just us, ever since DS#1 was 8 months old and there was a blow up family fight at my mom's. I vowed that we will spend the actual day at home by ourselves. There are too many expectations to make things just right, and that is much less of a problem on the other days around the actual day.
So we love just chilling by ourselves. DS's gf can come over if she wants to, if she wants to get away from her family.
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I know this is assuming, but I'm really starting to think you are one of those "entitled" peas - Dalayney 4/2/12
Loc: In my own mind
|Posted: 11/27/2012 11:04:17 AM|
I usually do pastries and juices. Then my DS and wife come over if he is not working. He is a firefighter/paramedic and he schedule varies. My other DS and his fiance come over too. MIL and FIL come too but since they are divorced don't stay very long. My MIL is miserable so she doesn't like the festivities. This is usually done by noon so the rest of the day is for DH and me.
|Posted: 11/27/2012 11:08:10 AM|
Just me and my DH.
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Loc: In the land of loss...weight loss, that is. 47.4 down, about 6 to go! :D
|Posted: 11/27/2012 11:10:16 AM|
No, my parents come over Cmas Eve, then we all go to their house for lunch.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 11/27/2012 11:11:02 AM|
It's just the 4 of us and I love it! We go to DH's family on Christmas Eve since it's his mom's birthday.
Our favorite thing to do is go to a park and play basketball in the afternoon. Then, we usually go to Denny's or some other type of restaurant. Love it!
Kids are 12 and 15.
ETA: I used to host my family on Christmas Day (and all other holidays). Then we moved an hour away and simultaneously had a falling out with one brother, so ever since it's been just us on Christmas.
Loc: Fergus, Ontario
|Posted: 11/27/2012 11:12:43 AM|
We're on our own first thing in the morning.
Then around 11:00 am or so, my inlaws, DH's sister & her family, and my Mom & step-Dad come over. I have done brunch on Christmas morning since before DS was born.
Then we have the afternoon to ourselves, and go to DH's sister's for dinner. They live 5 minutes away, so it's super quick!
I'm just a pea:)
Loc: *Sunny Southern California*
|Posted: 11/27/2012 6:24:59 PM|It's just us; DH, the kids and DGD.
We see the rest of the family earlier in the week or the week before
Loc: Washington State
|Posted: 11/27/2012 6:31:42 PM|No, we are all at my mom's house
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Loc: Calgary, Alberta
|Posted: 11/27/2012 6:33:29 PM|We rotate between SIL and us ... this year we are hosting Christmas so it'll be my Mum (I'm an only child) and dh's Mum, two brothers and one sister and their families ... the youngest kids are now nine so no little kids in the house ...
It's kind of a lot of work ... there will be about 15 people here for dinner ... but it's fun because I love Christmas
Loc: At the intersection of Hooterville and Stars Hollow
|Posted: 11/27/2012 6:45:45 PM|
Yes we invite extended family to join us. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 11/27/2012 7:01:26 PM|
We go to my moms for more gifts, dinner, etc.,
Also there is no pressure to go so and we like to go - but we don't hurry - we do our own morning thing- open gifts, nice breakfast, etc and then the kids start bugging to go to grandmas by 12-1 usually to see what Santa may have left at Grandma's house.
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|Posted: 11/27/2012 7:11:11 PM|Nope. We go to my husbands family's Christmas Day celebration.
Its me, dh, my 2 and our 1 kid together for Christmas morning.
We open presents and have something quick for breakfast then head out.
We pick up my step son (who lives an hour away) and then proceed to dh's family's which is 3 hours away!
We get there around noon or 1230 and they hold the big meal for us (we are coming from the farthest away) and we all eat when we get there, exchange gifts, play games and gab, and graze the rest of the day. We usually leave to come back home around 7 or so. My step son comes back to our house with us then and stays a few days before he goes back home to his mom's house.
Honestly, I would LOVE nothing more than to stay home on Christmas Day!
My xdh and I did that. I didn't want my kids to have to be traveling all over the place on Christmas Day, so I told all of our families that they were more than welcome to come to our house for Christmas Day. They could stay all day or they could drop in for a few hours or whatever they wanted to do...it was an open door policy so to speak! I had something in the crock pot so it was ready for whoever and whenever and had chips and other appetizers ready to go. My parents were always over here the majority of the day, sometimes my sister would come (she lives 4 hours away), and xdh's family was hit and miss on their attendance.
My now dh, however, has a long standing tradition of ALL of the family (his dad, his 2 sisters, and all of their families) ALWAYS got together at their grandmothers house on Christmas Day. No ifs ands or buts about it. Grandma has since passed away so dh's 2 aunts alternate hosting. Since we live so far away we don't see them often and its important for dh to be there, so Ive given in on the stay home stand.
Id still love nothing more than to go back to staying home and having my open door policy for the day, but its more important to dh to go than it is for me to stay so that's what we do.
Loc: QLD, Australia
|Posted: 11/27/2012 9:10:52 PM|
Yes. We usually end up hosting so it's me, my parents, my grandmother, aunt, 2 uncles and anyone else that needs somewhere to go. Often family friends come over too with their kids or partners of family members with their kids (from other relationships). Sometimes it's a pretty full house!
If we're not hosting it's usually the same people at an aunt's house. This year we have my new husband and an aunt and cousin from another state here too.
|Posted: 11/27/2012 9:39:12 PM|
We stay home with kids and grandchildren. My mom will be here also.
2 Headed Tasmanian Pea
Loc: The Apple Isle
|Posted: 11/27/2012 9:43:38 PM|
We host Christmas Day.
There can be anything from 8 of us (the lowest number) to over 30 one year. The more the merrier I think.
Every person contributes to the food and drink and nibbles, there are kids everywhere, people talking, some sleeping in the sun or on a couch, paper hats worn, good food, plenty of drinks and an atmosphere of love that makes this my favourite day of the year.
Guests usually arrive about noon and leave anything up to midnight. The later the better in my book LOL.
Tier 1 Baking Pea
Loc: Hudson Valley, NY
|Posted: 11/27/2012 9:49:51 PM|We haven't done it here since we moved to NY, but we used to invite other military families over to our house for games and appetizers on Christmas Day because it's often so boring once all the gifts are open! It was a great tradition of ours. I miss it, but we don't have a lot of friends our age who aren't around family now that we retired.
Miss Lerins Momma
Ancient Ancestor of Pea