My husband and I have four children; three are grown with families of their own and one is still at home. For the last few years the older children have come home for Christmas when it was convenient for them and none of them at the same time. This resulted in the holiday stretching out for two weeks and none of the grown children seeing each other.
This year, I requested (8 weeks in advance), that everyone come home at the same time. Two of the three have said they will try and the third hasn't responded to my request. Am I being unreasonable asking this of our children?
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Answer by lfl at 12:44 PM on Nov. 11, 2009
What is really the reason other than spreading the visits in two weeks? Is it putting you out of something?
The #1 reason is I like having all the kids there at the same time once in awhile. We see them seperately many times throughout the year. Having to plan for three separate dinners with all the extras can be exhausting, especially when they let me know two days before that they are coming. Also, I have a full time job that requires my attention at year end and I can't just take off when I want. Last year one son called at noon on Thursday saying they would be there that evening, previously he hadn't planned to be there until Friday evening.
Answer by Dyndudes at 12:47 PM on Nov. 11, 2009
How about you and hubby going to one of your kids houses and everyone else gathering there too?
Great idea! Except two of the kids are newly married and still live in "newly married" houses and the third lives the furthest away from all of us. Our house is somewhat centrally located. Oh, and in order for this to happen the daughter-in-law would have to issue an invitiation to all the family.
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