Hosting Christmas for the first time this year, how do I fit everyone in?
title says it all really, how do i do it? got inlaws, divorced parents, large extended family etc... every year since our daughter was born we rush around on christmas day trying to fit everyone in, up and out by 9am and don't get home until 8pm, it's stressful and it isn't fair to our daughter, who is at a wondeful age for christmas this year and will want to be at home with her toys.
we just got a house (in an apartment at the minute) and we move in, in september. it's a nice size, but not big enough to invite everybody at once.
my mum & dad are divorced, my mum would rather jump off a cliff than spend christmas day with my dad! since mum and dad split, my sister and i would spend christmas day with him and his family, and now i think it's time my mum got to have a christmas day with her kids, so mum will definitely be coming to me this year for christmas lunch, as will my sister, aunt, my cousin and her 2 kids.
inlaws are lovely people, but very different to my side of the family, plus brother in law is extremely anti social and also wouldn't want to eat dinner at our house, he is very fussy and always cooks christmas dinner at his parent's house so it wouldn't work inviting my side of the family and my fiance's side of the family at the same time.
my dad may very possibly be going abroad this year for christmas, if he doesn't i will have to see him at some point on christmas day as he'll really want to see my daughter.
i was thinking of inviting inlaws for a special champagne christmas breakfast around 10am on christmas morning, so they get a couple of hours with us and DD, then visiting my dad and exchanging gifts from about 12.30pm until 2pm, then going back home for dinner with my mum and my side of the family. boxing day (26th dec) is a big deal in the U.K so was thinking we could visit DH's extended family on boxing day, or do a gathering for them at our house?
i just know someone on either side of our families won't be too happy about the arrangements somewhere along the line, but i feel it's important to start creating our own traditions and spend christmas in our own home.
i know it's only august, but december will be here before we know it. do you think what i'm proposing is fair? how do you work it so everyone gets to see eachother?
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