This Christmas was rough for us. We didn't get a tree because of the puppy. DH and I are really trying to carve out a way to enjoy Christmas as a family ourselves. Every Christmas we end up spending at my parents' house sitting around with my parents in their 70's and us. My sister and brother and their families never spend Christmas with us so there are no nieces/nephews/grandkids to get in the holiday spirit with. At home DH and I can relax and we buy gifts for the puppies and spoil them as much as we like, but my parents insist on having us come over to "open gifts" with them and we all just end up sitting around uncomfortably and we can't really relax and enjoy ourselves. This year, DH and I decided we wanted to go to the Chinese buffet for dinner and ended up inviting my parents as a way of getting out of having to go over and sit around. Now they want us to come over after dinner for dessert and opening gifts. DH and I open our gifts together at home as a family. My dad is giving us help with kitchen repairs for Christmas (paying for the electrician and some of the parts) and told us not to buy him anything. So since they aren't getting us anything to open, what are we supposed to go over and open? It really seems like without children, it is really hard to get anyone to believe that we are a family ourselves and I will be the youngest child for the rest of my life. My sister and brother haven't spent a Christmas with my parents in the last 20 years.
Originally Posted by Cosmosmom
I really don't want to complain - I love my parents and enjoy spending time with them. But spending Christmas with no kids and a couple in their 70's is incredibly awful.
In more happy news, M got developmental toys for Christmas - LOL! - and kitty came out and enjoyed her gift too. I took some videos and am going to try to post them to FB.
Me (40) DH (47) & furbabies * m/c 7/08 4/12 11/12