For anyone, there are so many things to do and places to be, during the holidays. People have lots of contenders vying for their time.
Those of us with “blended families” have extra scheduling difficulties in this season, as people have to multiply the visits and celebrations. It can be stressful, especially to kids, even after they’ve become adults.
In the past two years, I’ve tried a different approach. We combine Thanksgiving and Christmas into one get-together, and we celebrate in mid-December or early January.
The thought was to aim for less stress directly on the holidays, when so many other duties call. It has worked quite well … except … this year.
So, for the first time – in a long time, even the single celebration has to be split, as schedules just can’t come together.
This year, grandchildren are older, and teenagers have jobs and sports activities and everything included. So even if we’re not trying to use the exact holiday for our gathering, there are still conflicts.
Solution: One family is coming here to our home, and we’re having a brunch instead of a turkey dinner w/fixings. I’m really looking forward to it, as the kids AND grandkids are doing all the cooking. Sounds like fun, don’t you think? Can’t wait!
The other kids who are local, have been remodeling their home and wanted us to visit their place for a get-together. We headed over there last weekend, and had a blast. My daughter-in-law is a marvelous cook and this time, she even made a big vegan dish for my husband. And it was fun to see the new looks in their house.
So, Readers … how will you be spending your time over the holidays? I love when you share in the comments.
And if you’re looking for last minute decorating ideas, you can do a search in the menu bar up-top. Just type Christmas and you’ll find all of the projects and ideas I’ve posted previously, lots of stuff there.
OR, visit Artzzle’s Facebook page. Lots more fun projects there and many are “kid” friendly too.
In closing, I’ll just say that
Whatever your Beliefs or Reasons for the Season,
be Happy, stay Safe and Best Wishes to all!
Later – Cheryl
Sounds like a lot of fun, Cheryl. Our holidays resemble yours, big family, four siblings with lots of kids, some of them now married with their own. Getting everyone together is often beyond a challenge…it’s impossible. Enjoy your celebrations!
Thanks, Kim. Best to you and your family too!
Our Christmas will be very quiet. Our kids are scattered all over the country and none of us travel for the holidays. Your celebrations sound very nice. Enjoy the festivities!
Thanks for stopping by. Have a safe and happy holiday.