First and foremost, I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, or Quanza! I also hope you have a very merry, healthy, safe, and happy New Year. Today is all about family, and everyone should be so thankful to have them in your lives.
Throughout the years holidays have always been tough for my sisters and I. As you all know my parents got divorced when I was 8, and now my Mom lives around 45 minutes away from my sisters and I. Holiday's are always the most stressful time of the year because we can't get everyone together under one roof. (that would be a disaster) So what we have to do is plan out our day, and say when we are going to see who, how much time are we going to spend with each parent.. etc.
Tales of children who have divorced parents! I am sure some of you can relate. So this year was extra stressful because now my Mom has a Fiance' and that would be super awkward to bring them all to my Dad's house. (OR maybe that is just me.. haha) Anyways.. usually we spend Christmas Eve at my Mom's house spend the night, then come to my Dad's. However, all of us live in Bethlehem besides my Mom and her Fiance' so THIS year we switched up the plans.
We spend Christmas Eve at my Dad's, we had a gingerbread contest and I got to spend some time with Josh. Then we went to church, and the next day we opened presents and have breakfast with my Dad. After that we got ready and headed to my house for lunch/dinner with my Mom and her Fiance'. I have to say, it was a lot more fun then I thought. I guess I really just need to learn how to put my guard down and see people for who they are, not whom I want them to be.
We opened presents, had some Polish, and even Italian food! We spent around 4-5 hours with my Mom then we headed back to my Dad's house because we usually go out to see a movie. Tonight all of us had massive food babies, so we stayed in and watched some DVD's that Meg bought us for Christmas.
So as you can see, our holidays are so hectic and busy, and the night time is really the time where we get to soak it all in and relax.
This year I am so so so thankful for all my family and Josh! (I consider him family anyway) I would rather have a happy day with the family with good food and conversation then opening a ton of gifts.
Do you have a divorced family? Single parent? What are holidays like for you?