Normally we see family for Christmas: we drive 230 miles to see my MIL for Christmas Eve. After dinner & presents on Christmas Eve, we then drive 190 miles to my parents (usually arriving around 1 AM) so that our kids can wake up Christmas morning there. After spending a day or two there, we high-tail it back home so that DH and I can get back to work. We've been doing this for over 10 years now.
Recently, DH has been ill, we're having problems with my oldest son (physically aggressive at school and general "I'm going to be a teenager soon" crap), my work has been super-stressful and we're dealing with some major financial snafus. I've got little in the way of Christmas spirit (no decorations up, no cookies made, no cards made out yet - although we are going to get a tree today). Add to this, there is going to be lots of family drama to deal with when we get to my parents.
So the question(s): How justified do you think I would be to stay home for the holidays? Do you think it would be acceptable to go to my MIL's for Christmas Eve and skip my parents (shorten the trip by about 1/2 and avoid the drama) or should we suck this up and still have the family tradition and let the kids enjoy the cousins and extended family?
Say home if that's what you want!! I would hope family would understand that for 1 year you are going to do what's easiest for you and your family instead of spending the holiday running around like crazy!! The stress of all that running around can really take the fun out of the holidays. Talk to your hubby and kids and see what they think.
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