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Not hosting Christmas seems strange for me
Old 12-15-2019, 05:10 PM
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Im not complaining, but I feel like I have too much time on my hands.
DS1 just closed on his new house, and he plans to host Christmas at his house. I feel like I should be doing something. He has asked me to come early on Christmas Day to help prepare the meal, but Im not preparing my house or getting other things ready.
How many of you are passing the torch this year?


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Old 12-15-2019, 05:15 PM
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Nope! I'm actually hosting more people than I have in years!

There will only be 9 of us, but everyone is staying Christmas Eve and many are staying several days!
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Old 12-15-2019, 05:31 PM
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Not hosting Christmas, but I'm having people over this week so I feel like I'm in super host mode. Almost here though and then I can relax.
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Old 12-15-2019, 05:32 PM
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I passed it several years ago. I still have early Christmas Eve dinner for part of my family, but all of Christmas Day is hosted by DS1 and DIL with the family coming in and out in shifts.

I enjoy just bringing the breakfast casserole or dessert or whatever I'm told. It is a passing of the torch and a little bittersweet at first, but I think my grandchildren enjoy being in their own homes for Christmas and the grandparents are still able to make the rounds.
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We don't host
Old 12-15-2019, 05:45 PM
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anything anymore! We are travelers- we go to my brother's for Thanksgiving (to spend time with my aging parents) and to DH sister for Christmas (to spend time with his aging mother). Our kids try to get to Thanksgiving, but we missed them this year! This appears to be the way it is going to be for the next few years.

We were sad, and hemmed and hawed about getting a tree this year, since we won't even be home. But we did and it makes us so happy. We are going to just have to learn to make new holiday traditions.


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Old 12-15-2019, 05:47 PM
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We host and travel. A bit of both.

I can see it being bittersweet....but when you are not cleaning up and exhausted that night, that might be the time when you are like

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but I think my grandchildren enjoy being in their own homes for Christmas and the grandparents are still able to make the rounds.
A good way to look at it!
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Old 12-15-2019, 06:02 PM
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I get it. Many changes here, too. I’m adjusting. Doing less work is great and I don’t miss it, but I sure do miss the people who made it Christmas.

This year it’s just DD and her darling dog and me. We’re making new traditions. One is I’m doing a charcuterie/cheese board and I’ve already bought enough for 10 people—and I’m not done.

ETA: Part of me wishes a nearby family wanted to adopt a grandmother this year. I’d bring presents and food.

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Old 12-15-2019, 06:10 PM
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We have a super small family (just my sister, her SO, an elderly friend, DH, and me). I used to host Christmas but since we hadnt been putting up a tree (cats), my sister took it over. I feel guilty admitting I am ok with that😉. We do Thanksgiving at our place. My sister does a beautiful job decorating her tree and living room so it is very enjoyable.
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Old 12-15-2019, 06:51 PM
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Amiga, I wish we were closer because since my mom passed away several years ago my DD is in need of a grandmother. (Her other one isnt able to be in contact.). Wed totally adopt you!
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Old 12-15-2019, 07:08 PM
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We will host 19 on Saturday. I will cook this week but also ordered chicken and eggplant parm. Im making cookies, crudits, salad and lasagna. Excited because this may be our last big gathering at our home. We are considering a move next year to a condo. Hoping one of the daughters takes over. Just happy to have them all here this year


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Old 12-16-2019, 04:33 AM
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There will be no torch in our family this year. It is very strange to be doing all of the Christmas activities, but with the shorter time between Thanksgiving and Christmas and other circumstances, we will celebrate but no in our traditional way. We will be with family, but there will be no traditional Christmas. Since Christmas isn't really about the tradition but about the coming of our Lord, it is all good.
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Old 12-17-2019, 05:45 AM
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I never host and I LOVE it!
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Old 12-17-2019, 05:59 AM
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I think my grandchildren enjoy being in their own homes for Christmas
Yes! As a kid, I never once spent XMAS in my own home and I always wished I could.
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Old 12-17-2019, 10:22 AM
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We do Christmas the Saturday before and spend Christmas Day alone in our pjs with a nice dinner and adult beverages. I have gone to daughters houses for Christmas Day but we really like being alone!! We may pop over to my sisters (2 houses away) but that is only for an hour or two.
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