Labels: family, Freaking MM, Holidays
Ok, we did do some shit - like try to move to Northern Cali, and move into a new, bigger house, and..stuff. But, well, it wasn't cool stuff. Or exciting stuff. Wait, it was cool and exciting then. But now? Not so much.
The point being, where the eff did the year go? How is it already almost 2011? And can I please have another week or two before Christmas so I can get my house clean, my shopping done and my baking out of the way? Please and thanks.
I'm hosting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day again this year. I tried to get out of doing it. Last year I got totally burned out on all the holidays. I hosted Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. While I love my family, and MM's, I was pretty fed up with the lot of them last year and decided I was going to put my foot down about hosting them this year. We went ahead and did our annual Halloween party, because hello, it's Halloween. But I flat out refused to do the Big Three.
In Sept MM and I had lunch with his grandparents. During the course of conversation I mentioned that I wouldn't be hosting the holidays this year. Grandma was disappointed but said she understood. Grandpa didn't really have an opinion - he rarely does - and MM stayed quiet about it.
Once we were in the car I told MM, "I'm so glad we aren't hosting the holidays this year! What a relief." This whole time, MM and I had been on the same page about it. We were both ready for a break. So the next thing he said surprised me. He replied, "Actually, I'd really like to do Christmas at our house. I think we need at least one holiday when we're all together."
Naturally I was unhappy to hear this. I'd already been making plans to go skiing for Christmas, or maybe hangign out at the beach. And here was MM, throwing a wrench in my plans. But..he wanted our family to be together. How could I say no to that. Oh right, like this.
But then he totally threw the "you know Grandma and Grandpa aren't getting any younger" guilt trip on me and I caved like a house of cards. Bastard knows how to hit every time.
So here we are, with family coming in two days. Since we're doing it, we're going all out. MM's family and mine will be here for chili and soup on Christmas Eve, and a full spread on Christmas Day. I think we're looking at about 20 people.
Since the kids are gone to their dad's for the next two weeks I'm not feeling very festive, but I'm going to put on a happy face anyway. I am excited to spend time with our family and just between us I'm glad I won't be alone - it's always so much more depressing without the kids when no one else is around to distract me.
But let's not tell MM that, m'kay?
What are your plans for the holiday?
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