Rebecca - posted on 12/18/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )
This year, my husband, daughter and I are doing Christmas at home just by ourselves. We don't plan on visiting any family on the day, we really want to give our daughter a relaxing day, in her own home, with our own traditions.
Now, my family doesn't have a problem with this as they live in a different country and we all stopped trying to travel long distances during the crazy holiday season to be miserable the whole time.
However my husband's family is a different story...
They are miserable together, with his parents having gone through a nasty divorce, several people not talking to each other, the death of his grandmother from suicide and yet, they all want to get together and be even more miserable, bicker and insult each other this Christmas. Several times they have all tried to guilt, implore and conspire to get us to drive five hours to enjoy, what I'm sure will be, a splendidly horrible experience with them.
So, what do you think? Do you endure your extended family no matter what and go visit them with your children for the holidays out of obligation? Or do you stay home? What is your tradition and ideas about what is expected in a family during the holiday season?