How to divide Christmas when families are so far apart?
December 20, 2010 1:20 AM Subscribe
How to reconcile Xmas when are families are so far away from each other?
posted by alchemist to Human Relations (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is the first Xmas my SO and I will spend together. We'll be spending it with her family here in Denmark (where we all live although not in the same city as her family). That means that for the first time in a looong time I won't be spending Xmas with my parents.
I usually travel to visit my family for Xmas because it's the one time a year that we all see each other mainly because they live 9,000km away in South America (my brother also flies in from the US with his wife and child). An added bonus is my parents live in a tropical country where, for one glorious month, I can escape the dark, cold, windy, depressing danish winter and return with recharged batteries (and a great tan).
My SO sees her family multiple times a year, but obviously Xmas is a special family time. If I don't travel for Xmas and plan to spend every other year with her family that means I only see my family every 2 years. This is a tough trade-off and I'd like to find a solution. Is it reasonable to ask my SO to accompany me to my parents for *every* Xmas (since I'd like to spend this holiday time together with her as well obviously - this is also assuming that she gets along with everyone there). Should we split up for Xmas/New Years every other year (that'd be a bit sad to be sans SO while everyone else there has theirs)?
AAArrghh... Xmas family/travel blues....
Any ideas/suggestion/own experiences would be GREATLY appreciated!