Holiday Madness….How do YOU fit it all in?

Monday , 17, October 2011 Leave a comment

Seriously, is it time to start talking about Holiday scheduling?  It seems like most of my recent conversations with my family have centered around who is going to be where at what time, so we can decide when we will be able to celebrate the holidays together.  When did this get so complicated?!

The days of everyone living in the same town for my family are over.  I have a brother in Kansas, sister in Iowa, parents who winter in Texas, and us in Atlanta. That is just MY side of the family.  My husband’s sister is in Texas, his parents recently relocated to about an hour north of us, and the rest of his family is in Alabama.  Not to mention I will be having a baby sometime between now and mid November!  Whew.

Sadly, we will not be able to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with both sides of our families.  It is just not physically possible!  This is something I have had to come to terms with because I really do enjoy being with all of my relatives.  The best scenario we could come up with is to spend Thanksgiving with one side of the family, and Christmas with the other side.  We plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband’s side of the family here in Atlanta and in Alabama, and then go to Iowa to celebrate Christmas with my family.  (yes, we plan to drive to Iowa with a less than 2 month old.  I see a blog post about that in my future!)

So this year is pretty much taken care of.  But what about next year, and the year after that?  Eventually, we will want to start to have our own ‘family’ traditions …meaning me, my husband, and our children.  It seems like my role as daughter and sister will soon take a backseat to my role as wife and mom.  Hmmmm, could it be that I am officially an adult?  Surely not 😉

I know everyone deals with Holiday scheduling to some degree.  Is it possible to please everyone and still enjoy your holidays?  What sacrifices do you make to ensure your family’s holiday happiness?

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