Yes, as it's now, late Nov. 1 of my sisters is going to the UK for Christmas with her husband, & my other sister is having my mother with her & her own family, so my husband & I are going to Melbourne, again, & having Christmas with our youngest daughter & her lovely partner. His parents have recently bought a pretty holiday house, a 2hr drive out of Melbourne, so the 4 of us with go there for Christmas Day late afternoon, & return on Boxing Day morning, as our son-in-law is on night shift on Boxing Day.
Our plans are always the same. All the family come here for lunch on Christmas Eve. It has to be then because my daughter in laws fathers birthday is on Christmas day, so she wants to celebrate with him. My other son works until the wee small hours at the 'Carols By Candlelight' in the City, so he sleeps on Christmas day (or for part of it). So Christmas Eve seems to suit us. The only time the whole family can get together. I don't mind having it here, and I'm used to cooking for crowds.
Us 2, Jonaj! We won't be seeing our eldest daughter for Christmas or our 2 granddaughters, but hope to see the little ones before our daughter takes them to Sydney on the 27th/28th Dec. And no, they won't be visiting us when we return to Sydney, & nor will be be visiting them in Sydney!!Last year we took the girls to their local park, with our youngest daughter. It was so cold last Boxing Day, it was like winter. They opened their Christmas on the grass, next to the play equipment, they we walked them home.
I just do not understand 'why' things get so messed up with family?
I say forgive quickly and forget, but it has not happened because there is always people who like to continue the sadness, even at Christmas.Can't wait till 26th Dec, and it is over for another painful year :(
I like to celebrate with my sister and her husband. If it ends up at my place I will invite any friends who would otherwise be alone.
We have made no arrangements yet. Thankfully my dear sister understands that being unable to see my Grandchildren leaves me up in the air. I hold onto the hope their Mother has a change of heart and agrees to drop in on her way somewhere else.
Sad time of year for many, including me.
My husband and I go to a local RSL Club for Christmas lunch, a tradition we started years ago when mum was alive. We have always had our Christmas on Boxing Day with all the family for a full day of seafood feasting
I unfortunately haven't made any clear-cut plans. Perhaps we're going to have the usual celebration. Our Christmas arrangements are always centered on the Family. We don't prepare much. Just the staple - salad, cake, ice cream, pizza (sometimes), donuts (sometimes), some meat viand and fruits. What's important is that everyone's present and able to enjoy each other's company.