As the holidays are quickly approaching I am starting to feel the usual anxiety that haunts my family every year!
I wonder if some of you have this same issue and might have some new and fresh ideas on how to handle it.
Here is the problem:
Our Christmases are exactly like that movie Four Christmases. We end up running ourselves ragged for two days straight going to see my husband's family and my family which end up being four separate locations all about an hour away from each other. One thing that complicates it more is that his family celebrates until midnight or later on Christmas Eve (a family tradition) and my family celebrates early Christmas morning. This means we (our daughters are 4 and 7) only sleep 5-6 hours before heading out to the next family gathering.
We have tried explaining the situation to both families and asking them to compromise but it always ends up in resentment and feelings being hurt. One year, we went away for the holidays and my girls were sad they didn't see their Grandparents and we also endured resentment from both families. Last year was the straw that broke the camel's back. We made it to all the family obligations as difficult as it was and still managed to upset both families that we came late or did not stay long enough!
Help, do any of you experience this type of crazy Christmas? How do you handle it?