Christmas Day Dilemma

Dear Diary,

Family politics at Christmas is quite boring!!! We have just had the ordeal for Diwali and now within a couple of months, it is Christmas. Where to spend it and with whom? The annually recurring question.

Since we have had children, this dilemma has existed and the effort to spend equal amounts of time with both sides of the family is just exhausting. Sometimes, I would rather just spend it at home, just the four of us.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the family Christmas Day thing and our children have so much fun with the extended family. However, each year, one side of the family always gets let down and this year is no exception. Each year, I toy with the idea of going away for Christmas to avoid getting involved in the disappointment and drama, but never do. My mum always wants us to spend Christmas Day with her, but then again, she wants us to spend every holiday with her. She has only just recently come to terms with the fact that we like to do our things at the weekends rather than going to hers all the time. My mother-in-law pretends not to be interested in where we spend Christmas until we don’t spend it with her.

What I find ironic, is that neither side of the family really celebrate Christmas. It is just another day for the family to sit together and have a meal and sit around watching television or playing a game or two. We do this all throughout the year anyway.

So, in my last ditch effort to make everyone happy, we have chosen the family favourite solution. Alternate years with each parent.


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