The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
Imagine what will happen if the stores are allowed to stay open all night Christmas Eve until lunch time on Christmas Day! This year, more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, convenience stores and...
My Dog Sam
Dear Abby, I too was picked on when I was a child and I too turned to our dog Queenie. She always gave me love and she always listened. Bless you.
Ohhh, I have a dilema! I just got an email from my husbands sister wanting to know our Thanksgiving plans. She’s wanting the whole family to go to Norris Lake & stay at her boss’ house for free Wed. through Sunday. It’s a 6 bedroom house w/ plenty of room for everybody! The only thing we would have to do is rake leaves & clean up a little to get ready for winter. She said her husband wants to rent a pontoon one day (even though it will be cold) & the guys could go golfing one day. This sounds like SO much fun, but my heart sank when I read it – I can’t imagine not being home for Thanksgiving!!!! As much as I hate to think about it, my parents are almost 80 years old & we don’t know how many more holidays we will have with them! And I ALWAYS put up my tree & have wine day (with my friends – they come over & “help” me put up my tree, drink wine, eat snacks & listen to Christmas music) the Friday after Thanksgiving – it’s one of my favorite days of the year!!! I don’t want to be the party pooper saying “no I don’t want to go” & I don’t want to miss a get away with my in laws, but I also don’t want to miss the holiday here!! What do you think? I hate this!!! The thought of going away over Thanksgiving weekend immediately makes me say, NO! NO! NO! I want to stay home, but that’s not really fair to my hubby either. HELP…… I guess I should see what my hubby has to say 1st, but he will more than likely say “it doesn’t matter to me, whatever you want to do!” He’s pretty easy going! The other thing is, my in laws don’t catch the Christmas spirit, so I don’t think it will seem like the holidays at all!
Home is where you are....not the place that you're in. Still, what's the pressure? Stay home and rake your own leaves. Hubby can still rent the pontoon. Just have him sit in it in the garage. It'll be warmer, a shorter walk back, and he won't need to insure it.
From your post I feel your true feelings are you want to stay home, if so then by all means listen to that inner voice and don't be swayed. Maybe it just isn't time for a pull away from tradition but timing may be better in the future.
If you and hubby are in agreement to stay home, then stay home. If you are not in agreement about changing plans then don't do it. You both must be in agreement or else it may cause friction over the holidays and that is never good.
My husband and I are in agreement on this one..... Follow your heart, stay home and enjoy the traditions you have started. The Lord willing, you will have more holidays with the in-laws as well as with your parents. Plus your plans sound so fun and engaging.
Tough decision because both sound great, so either way you're gonna have a great time. However, if it were me, there is NO way I wouldn't stay home for thanksgiving. I love the holidays and they arent the same when your not at home. Plus, your plans with your friends on black friday sound like a great, fun tradition! I think I'm going to start that too! So, i vote for stayin home! But good luck....and have fun!
Cedar - I knew I loved ya for a reason - you just make sense!! My Dad will be 80 in December & my Mom will be 79 in February! Hard to believe!!
Jeff - LOL! Good points!! We've got the pontoon, we'll just have to hull it home - we can have a pontoon party in our garage!!
joyful - you are so right, my true feelings are I want to stay at home. I just never expected to be hit up with a proposition to go away for the holiday! My hubby seems like he sort of wants to go, but yet it's not a big deal if he doesn't. I thought maybe he could go w/ his family & I could stay with mine - but I don't want to be away from my hubby over Thanksgiving either!!
Head Elf - I too hope to have many more holidays with both sets of parents! Not having them around just doesn't seem right!
whitexmas - You should start a "wine day" (as we call it) or "tree day" tradition - we have a ball!!! My friends just laugh at me while I'm busy putting up all my Christmas decs - they think I'm a little nuts, but hey, that's what makes it so fun!!!
I might have an easy out on this whole Thanksgiving get away - my hubby just said his parents can't come until Friday after they close their business - and we would be leaving to come home on Sunday. It is a 7 hour drive, so he doesn't think it would be worth it for them. This might be the answer to my prayers - ohhhhhh, I sure hope so!! That would make me so darn happy!!!
That's a tough situation. My family and I ran around the state the first few years trying to make everybody happy. We finally had to realize that our own family and our traditions and beliefs had to come first. Anybody is invited and welcome to come to our home, but we just realized that Thanksgiving and Christmas just weren't the same away from home. I spent one Christmas out of town with some in-laws who didn't put up a tree, no music, they watched some gory-slasher movie on Christmas day. Never again! They're welcome at my house at Christmas, but it's going to be with trees, lights, Christmas music, Christmas movies, egg nog and Jesus. (Not crammed down their throats, just there for the taking)
__________________ "Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'." -- Bing Crosby
Well, it sounds like everything is going to work out okay. You'll get to stay home and not feel guilty about it!! However, my advice was going to be to stay home and try not to feel too guilty. Although I'm sure your husband's family would love to have you there with them, they will still have a great time without you and it definitely sounds like you'll have far more fun spending the holiday at home engaging in your own family traditions!