Anyone who is married, engaged, dating or is otherwise in a situation where more than one set of parents and/or grandparents host things know that Christmas Day (and Christmas Eve too in my case and likely in others’) is just a madhouse. It’s a blur. It’s enjoyable for me, for the most part, but my husband gets peopled-out pretty quickly. But mid-day Christmas Even he’s about done, but at that point we’ve only visited one or two of the places we needed to.
He never quits though, and I appreciate that.
So this year, I told my parents and my inlaws that instead of us going up to their city (they live in the same one) to have dinner, they all need to come down to our place and I’ll cook instead. I had thought it would make things easier but man oh man, hosting a Christmas dinner is a lot to prepare for.
So today’s post is basically all the planned things we’ve got goin’ on in the next couple days. I’m looking forward to everything but at the same time, I kinda wanna just take a nap, hehe.
We live about 30 min away from each of our parents, having moved here in October. So this year, there’s more commuting time to consider than there normally is.
12:30pm – Husband’s parents house for lunch and presents with his extended family. For this, we’re bringing a side. Luckily his mom was all ‘just bring bread’ so I don’t have to do any cooking 😀
9:30pm – Friend’s house for dinner and presents with her extended family. This girl is like my sister – she’s been one of my best friends since I was twelve, and her entire family has adopted me. So, I have a standing invitation to their Christmas dinner every year. 😀 Husband’s parents’ thing will likely last ’til 5pm or so… and friend lives in the same city as husband’s parents. So instead of coming home, cooking, and driving back up with the food, we’re going to stay up there, go to friend’s early and commandeer her kitchen to cook. 😀
Normally for Christmas Day, we do breakfast and dinner. And since there’s nothing to do in between because everything is closed, I didn’t want to have to drive up, have breakfast, drive home, then drive up again later for dinner – this wasn’t an issue before we moved. So we’ve changed it up from what we usually do.
10am – My grandmother’s house for breakfast and presents with my extended family. My parents and I won’t exchange gifts at this point – just cousins, aunts, uncles, grandma, etc etc. This is probably my favorite place each year. So much nostalgia here – we’ve been doing breakfast for Christmas every year since I was born.
5pm – My place with my parents and sister for presents. Now we’ll exchange gifts. 😀 I saved up a butt-ton and got my sister a laptop this year. She’s gonna cry, I’m so excited. My goal every year is to make her bawl. She’s 25, but she still reacts to gifts with as much joy and excitement as a 10 year old, I love it!
6:30pm – My place for dinner with my parents, sister, and husband’s parents. Usually we don’t see his parents at all on Christmas Day, but since I moved the dinner from my parents’ house to mine, I figured we could invite them too. 😀 Having them over a tad later than 5pm because at this point we have already exchanged gifts and I don’t want them to feel awkward hahaha.
9, 10, 11… a billion pm – Time for bed. I’m gonna sleep so hard. SO MUCH SOCIAL.
And that’s it! 😀 Hopefully hopefully I find the time to do Christmas nail art tonight for tomorrow’s post, but if I don’t, I’ll have something up at least.