Annie Laurie Posted December 26, 2011 Share Posted December 26, 2011 My parents live near me and like to see the kids and like to be with us. But I feel like we keep doing certain things at the holidays just because they're traditional and my parents expect it. If it were just my immediate family, we would relax on Christmas day and just order pizza or something and watch movies. I'm just feeling let down and burned out today. My parents come over earlier and earlier every year. This year they were here from noon until 8:30 pm or so. The kids are up early for Christmas and I was already exhausted the day before from baking and cooking all day in preparation for Christmas. Then they interrupted baby ds's nap, it was a long day of feeling like we had to entertain all day, and the kids were overtired and cranky. And I was in the kitchen cooking and washing dishes all day. Then my brother and his wife showed up right at dinner, which I'm sure was planned. They never contribute to dinner, didn't help clean up, and we don't even enjoy each other's company. It's all part of family obligation and "tradition" that we even get together. So dh and I just feel like next year we're ordering pizza and sitting around with the kids. I think I'll just say we're having a Christmas pizza lunch and whoever wants to come over for lunch is welcome, but that's all we're doing. That way they won't stay all day long and it might be early enough that brother and sister in law won't bother to come. But I feel bad for some reason, like my kids will miss the big, fancy meal and traditions or something. In reality, I know that all of those traditions that result in everyone being tired and cranky are no good anyway, and it would be much better to enjoy being together. I guess I just needed to hear that other people have a good time on Christmas day without making a big meal and having a lot of family over. Anyone just do nothing much and relax at home on Christmas? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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