I love being a parent and entertaining family on Christmas day – I really do. But you can’t help but be a little exhausted and overwhelmed when you have a house full of relatives and kids hyped up on joy, donuts and new toys. More
Topic: family holidays
Christmas comes but once a year, even though it feels like you just had to see all of these relatives less than a month ago. Even the most wonderful time of the year can present challenges, and many of those are directly related to you or your significant other. Having a family that could probably land its own Bravo TV special has helped me gather some strategies for dealing with the trials and tribulations that come with relatives. More
First off, let me say I sincerely feel for Anonymous Kid with poly parents. Not in the respect that her parents are polyamorous, but how it seems they have dealt with her as their child. For me, my kids come first, and it’s glaringly obvious from the article that she not only isn’t first in her family, but she doesn’t even know where she stands. I read her holiday article with compassion and also my own children in mind, and came up with some ways a poly life could be better for a kid at the holidays (or always.) More
I thought about a list of things I’d be able to brag about in my own holiday video. There is no way I could sum up a whole year – I can’t even remember what I did last week. Instead, I decided to make a list of things that would be in my holiday video, if my holiday video celebrated all of the things I accomplished yesterday. I think it’s pretty impressive. More
No matter what you celebrate, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years is the season for travel. December finds us scrambling to spend time with family and friends, out of obligation or just the chance to take a little vacation time while the kids are off from school. That means a lot of driving — usually long distances — and a lot of traffic. Most parents rely heavily on electronic gadgets and the newest apps to get them through those drives, but we run it old school. More
Awkward Family Photos is pretty much the best site, ever – especially around the holidays. Are you having one of those Decembers that has convinced you that your family is the absolute worst, loudest, weirdest, drunkest (insert characteristic here)? Well – there is someone who has it worse. This site proves it. More
Ladies and gentlemen, with one week left until Christmas, it is frenzied panic time! More
First, she cooks dinner for 12 hours and spends £700 on food. This is like over one thousand dollars. WHAT WAS SHE MAKING FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER THAT TOOK SO LONG AND COST SO MUCH WAS SHE MAKING GOLD SANDWICHES? More
I’m having an internal struggle around allowing my stepchildren to continue with their Christmas traditions in my Jewish household.
My father passed away before I had my children. You could describe our relationship as “tumultuous” at best – downright aggressive and angry at worst. I’m sure I’m not the only person who would tell you that death allows you to see a person with new eyes. I want my children to have stories about their grandfather – I want them to “know” him as best they can. How do I incorporate a father I didn’t get along with when he was living into our family rituals now? It’s something I’ve been struggling with this year. More
Leave it to a childfree person to immediately break Mommyish tradition. I’m not going to go all-out and say that being childfree just plain sucks during the holidays, because frankly, I find my cat to be enough of a drag on my selfish, hedonistic, irresponsible lifestyle. In fact, I am so committed to the Cult of Me that I could only come up with 5 reasons, rather than 10, for why being a one-woman operation ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. More
Sometimes we do something like make fondue and play games and let the kids open one gift from a relative. But some years we go out and I get to put on a nice dress and have some cocktails and a dinner that I don’t cook. I like both ways, and I can’t decide how I want to do things this year. More
Our first son just turned five last week, and even though it’s been five years I can vividly remember his first Christmas. Nothing particularly traumatic happened, but it wasn’t exactly enjoyable either. I have to assume that it was in part to being new parents combined with the craziness of the holidays. More
When you have kids, your home is in a nonstop cycle of needs-to-be-cleaned, or was-just-cleaned-and-almost-needs-to-be-cleaned-again, or please-god-let-the-cleaning-stop, and the cycle accelerates when you add decorations, drop-ins and in-laws to the mix. You have to clean before the guests arrive, after the guests leave, before you put up the tree, after you take down the tree, after the gifts are opened, after the meal is eaten, and so on and so forth. The cleaning starts early and ends late and when you have kids it never ends.