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Old 11-14-2013, 06:56 PM
 
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I hate having to be fake and socialize with people who I only see once a year, don't particularly like, and who I know don't particularly like me. My grandmother will give me a hard time if I don't go to her house for Christmas dinner though, and she is in her 80s so I would feel bad for not going. Christmas is a little over a month away and I'm already dreading it. Ugh....
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:59 PM
 
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Me too. The food is bland. My mom is 90, my dad is 92.

My favorite day of the year is Dec 26th. All the BS is finally over.
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Not really, I'll be solo on Christmas most likely. Probably will just eat Chinese food and play GTA V.
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:06 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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LOVE Christmas dinner.
It is the only day my scattered family assembles in total... no exceptions!
Good food, good wine and tons of laughing!
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:09 PM
 
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Don't go. I will be spending the holidays alone. Just like I like it. Sleeping in without disturbance.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:53 PM
 
Location: California
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I'm ambivalent. but it's really the only time my small family gets together. My adult daughter usually makes her way here from wherever she is living so we take advantage of that. Other than that it's not all that different than any other dinner we have together. Except for her we all live close and see each other regularly.

We don't do "extended family' dinners anymore and haven't for a long time. They got to big and there were too many other families to satisfy and then the host/hostesses started dropping and nobody wanted to keep that ball rolling. That's what weddings and funerals are for now.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:29 AM
 
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A hint. All social occasions will be boring or interesting based on the attitude you have when crossing the threshold. The same is true of people.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:34 AM
 
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I hate the entire BS holiday season. After Halloween, it's all downhill and annoying. Yes, I want to escape and live in a cave until it's over.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Hampstead NC
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Yep, I dread it in a lot of ways. There is a lot of pressure on a single mom to make the holidays just right for the kids. Plus, I have elderly parents....my mom puts a lot of emphasis on the holidays being just right and it never meets her expectations so she makes us all miserable. And my dad has alzheimers.

This year for t=giving my kids will be with their dad and step mom and both extended families having a belated wedding reception. One brother has bowed out of dinner with our parents, the other brother has invited mom and dad to his home but will not come to theirs. If they go, I'll be an orphan, if they don't, it will be just me and mom and dad. Which would be more fun?

Christmas we stay home so the girls can have time at both moms house and dads house with mimimum fuss. Will be my girls first xmas with stepmom. We do have a nice time, but while I'm working to make Christmas for my kids, I do feel a pang because no one is making Christmas for me.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Hampstead NC
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A hint. All social occasions will be boring or interesting based on the attitude you have when crossing the threshold. The same is true of people.
LoL, you make it sound like the holidays are just about showing up for a cocktail party with a cheerful smile. For some of us it is not that simple.
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