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    We'll celebrate as a family the 26th at our house,with whole tribe...ages. 4 to 93 . Everyone pitches in for dinner. The kids go to the in- laws for the 24 and 25th. The kids have a jolly time: the old folks take out their hearing aids and put in their teeth.

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    I am forced to sit at my MIL's house. She has made it quite clear she doesn't like me so I make sure we don't stay too long on Christmas Eve. She also pretends that Santa has visited her house and signs all the gifts from Santa. Pretty presumptuous I think. I thought that privilege was reserved for parents. We leave, I change my mood and spend The rest of Christmas Eve and all Christmas Day in my PJs with my DH and 2 sons. On thursday through sunday, i will visit my family with my two sons. It is so quiet and boring at my MILs house with my SILs. It is riotous, loud, crazy fun when I visit my family. I have 2 sons and 7 nephews all 10 and under. My family is so much more animated and friendly.

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    Well, it's Christmas Eve. This morning I'll be making biscuits & gravy for breakfast. DH got home yesterday afternoon, GS is staying with us for the 2 week Christmas break, & we just acquired our GN to live with us a week ago. DD has to work today til 4 p.m., then going over to friends for an hour or so. After breakfast, I'll start assembling Christmas eve stuff. The cookies are baked, fudge made, pie for tomorrow. Christmas Eve is snacks & Christmas movies. We always watch "It's a Wonderful Life" as a family. Everyone spends the night tonight, so will have the house full. Tomorrow I'll make a french toast casserole for breakfast, then a ham for dinner with just mashed potatoes, relish tray, asparagus with hollandise sauce. We did the turkey thing for Thanksgiving, so no turkey for Christmas. We'll spend it as a family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    One son is in Afghanistan, one son and daughter will be with their grandchildren and the rest of the sons will be at our house. Big dinner on Christmas day. Big collapse on Dec. 26. Rightly earned.
    THANK YOU for his service to our country. God bless you and your family for his sacrifice.

    We will see the family on New Years Eve day for our Christmas gathering. We head to church for Christmas Eve service. I will make a nice breakfast and dinner for Christmas. This year we are going to a movie too. We rarely go to the movies. OF course, some sewing will also happen.

    I have been reminiscing about holidays past when my immediate family was together. I miss those days but the Adults" are all gone. I am now that "adult". My folks are gone. Good memories!

    Peace to all!
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    We spend Christmas Eve with just us - DH, DS, DD and I - will watch Christmas movies and specials, have special snacks all day and open our gifts this evening. It's such a special, beautiful day - my favorite of the year.

    I wish you all a safe, joyous, Merry Christmas!
    Cindy

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    My grandma passed away in 2006, and my grandpa in 2011 (at 99 years old). The extended family is still having trouble figuring out how to move on from the tradition of spending Christmas Eve at their house (started in the 1940s). My brother is hosting whoever wants to come for Christmas Eve for a Mexican food potluck. On Christmas Day I will be hosting and my mom will cook prime rib. We decided to do all our gift buying at thrift stores just for fun! We have such a good time opening them! Then DH and I will fly to Illinois that night to spend time with his family and our adorable granddaughter. We fly home on New Years' Eve. Then I'll have a few days off before school starts up again.
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    My brother and his wife & adult son were here and we opened gifts with them (just theirs) on Saturday night. Christmas Eve is spent eating breakfast for dinner, followed by church, then home for hot chocolate and opening the rest of the family gifts. Gifts from others will be opened tomorrow. Our "big" holiday meal (mostly Honey Baked) will be tomorrow at Mom's. Stretches it out and makes it do-able.
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    Iwill be alone again this year, Moved south 12 years ago so most are alone. Will get calls from children an some grands . Have got all my Christmas already. but that is ok. I said alone but not God is with me. Merry Christmas to all an a very Happy New Year.

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    We have my daughter and grandson until the 27th then we are travelling to NH to see my SIL and family I love being with them as well as the family is very close, so this year it's kind of nice to have the ability to be with both families. Some year's its only the one family we can manage to be with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewMomma66 View Post
    My divorce was final at the end of September. After 23 years of marriage, he decided he did not want to be a husband, father, etc. This is the first Christmas I have to "share" the kids. I hate, hate, hate this. Since they have to go to their dads at noon on Christmas Day, we have decided to have Christmas on Christmas Eve. We are cooking a ham, potatoes, carrots and pie. My children are 16, 13 and 11 so they know about Santa. We are opening gifts and going to stay up all night playing. I am excited about the evening.
    Have I got an idea for YOU! When my boys were small, I came across a magazine article about unique Christmas traditions. One person did a Jack Horner Pie. She saved back one present for each person including herself, wrapped them all in the same paper and stacked them in the center of the dining table with a ribbon running from each to the correct person's place setting. This served as her center piece throughout the holiday. Then on the 26th, these gifts were opened at one of the meals that day. This served as a wonderful answer to one of the boys on Christmas morning when they would invariably ask if Christmas was over. NO WAY, there was still the Jack Horner Pie to do! This would give you a nice enticement for your kids when they come back home and it lengthens the holiday. My mom loved to come to my house for Christmas because, as she put it, "Christmas goes on and on and on!"
    These presents don't have to be big but they sometimes were. They might also be an accessory to something Santa brought. The ideas are endless. I also had a few generic presents stashed to add just in case some of my students happened by as they often did. Blew their minds that there was something for them in the pie!
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