QOTW 12-19-11 How do you balance the holidays?

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QOTW 12-19-11 How do you balance the holidays?
Mon, 12-19-2011 - 11:07am

Making sure you see everyone, spending time as a family, etc. How do you get it all done and stay sane?

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Tue, 12-20-2011 - 1:11pm
We avoid last-minute plans and drop-ins as much as we can. Make sure to make plans as early as possible and never do back-to-back visits or outings. We get some much-needed couple time and downtime so we avoid getting exhausted or worse, sick.

This year is especially easy as DH's holidays are accrued so that he has the majority of the month off. Which isn't necessarily a good thing, haha.
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Tue, 12-20-2011 - 2:24pm
We do Thanksgiving every year with my family. We do Christmas with DH's parents, they come here either Christmas eve or day and leave on the 26th most of the time (even though they only live 30 minutes away). It is actually really relaxing and not stressful or insanity making at all.

The 20ish people at Thanksgiving on the other hand can get a little more stressful, especially since half my siblings and both my cousins (who come too) don't have kids yet. It is still fun though.

Thank you for the sig Mary

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Wed, 12-21-2011 - 8:39am

Well, we try to do "one with your and the other with mine" (as for christmas and new year).


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Wed, 12-21-2011 - 12:57pm

The family is out of town so we spend one holiday there and one holiday here. However the last few years my dad has come here so it's been nice as we are still able to see some family.

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Thu, 12-22-2011 - 2:51pm
We've always done Christmas Eve with Cory's family and Christmas Day with my family. It works out very well. On the days surrounding Christmas, we do a lot of running around though...especially this year since we live so far away.
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Fri, 12-23-2011 - 9:42pm
We are fortunate that both of our families live in the same metro area so we usually see both in one day, for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

We go to a children's mass at my church on Christmas Eve and my parents and sometimes my MIL comes along with us. Christmas morning we open presents at home then go to my ILs for breakfast. This year we'll be coming home for Selin to nap and then off to my parents house for dinner.

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Thu, 12-29-2011 - 7:49am

I thought I posted here but it apparentaly didn't take it.