A Different Holiday Celebration
There won't necessarily be anyone going " over the river and through the woods " to this grandmother's house this year. Blended families, holiday vacations and other logistics mean there's little chance we'll be sitting altogether at the holiday table at my house for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.
I remember all too well how hectic the holidays felt when my children were young. As a parent, I wanted to establish our own little family's traditions, but there were also parents and in-laws to visit. Children would become cranky by midday and still there were obligations to be met.
As a family we survived it, as families have and will continue to do. The memories, though, brought a new idea to my mind -- one that I hope will help my adult children and their families to enjoy their holidays with a bit less stress.
I am hosting a single get-together between Thanksgiving and Christmas for the family. Not only will the date be non-traditional, but also the food. As an adult, I care not for the date on the calendar when I am able to gather those dearest to my heart together. This non-traditional celebration also frees up the other family members from any feelings of obligatory visits on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We also have five birthdays to celebrate and an engagement -- it'll be a crash course in celebration, but the important aspect is that we'll all be together with no need to rush somewhere else.
I'm putting together a buffet of food rather than a sit-down meal. It'll make the gathering less formal and hopefully less stressful for all.
How are you celebrating this holiday season?
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