I asked a question on Instagram yesterday, “How do you spend your holidays now that you are married?” What I mean by this is, many of us have both sides of our families hoping to spend Christmas with us and we’ve got our own little nuclear family to make memories with, as well. And, throw a divorce or two into the mix and we’ve got a lot of opportunities for hurt feelings.
Now that you are married, how do you handle this situation?
We have a unique situation in that we love far from both sides of our families. There is no possible way to see them both each holiday. So, from the very beginning, we decided we would do Thanksgiving at one side and Christmas at the other. And, then every year, we switch. In this way, no one has hurt feelings because we really try to keep it consistent. I can’t remember a year where we didn’t keep this going. It has definitely brought peace to what could have been a stressful situation.
Secondly, we have our family Christmas on a different date other than Christmas. I’m sure this sounds nuts to most of you! But, again, we are traveling (7 hours!) on Christmas – No way are we trying to bring our kids’ Christmas presents! #navigationalnightmare 🙂 In addition, we always have wanted our kids to remember celebrating at Christmas at our home. It works great for us!
What do you do? Does it work? I would love to hear your ideas, it could be a help to someone who is struggling.
Would you like to read some more inspiring Christmas posts?
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- A Christmas Home Tour: ideas to decorate the outside of your home for Christmas
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