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  1. Here comes December - a month full of holidays - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day (in the UK, Canada and other Commonwealth countries), and New Year's Eve!   @ GPs - Will you be w/ the GC you take care of on Christmas or any of the December holidays? And/or will you be doing any babysitting on New Year's Eve, while the parents go out, or during their vacation?   Or if you're raising your grands, are either of their parents expected to see them during the holidays?   Same questions for other relative caregivers.   @ Parents - Will your kids see the GPs/relatives that watch them (if any) during the holidays? Or will those GPs/relatives be watching your kids on New Year's Eve or during any part of the school vacation?
  2. It's baby's 1st holiday season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and/or the New Year, do you anticipate your new baby or GB will be included? Dressed up in holiday attire that says "Baby's 1st Christmas" (or Hanukkah, etc.)? Or just in their regular baby clothes? Traveling to see GPs and other relatives or just staying home w/ Mommy and Daddy? Or??
  3. Books for Christmas?

    My 11-year-old DGD loves to read and says she wants some new books for Christmas. DH and I would love to get her a couple, and maybe her 9-yr-old brother, too. Any ideas? And while we're at it, any books on your Christmas (or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or even birthday gift) shopping list for kids in your family? How about for some of the adults?
  4. Ok, Thanksgiving is behind us, so here come the December holidays - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa! If you're living in a multigenerational household, what does that generally mean for your celebration(s), if any? And/or what does it mean for your celebration(s), this year? Will you have several people, adults and children, crowding around your table? Or will everybody/most of them be dispersing to celebrate at other relativesl/ILs' homes? Or??
  5. Holiday Stesses - 2017

    We've talked in here before about the fact that for some people, holidays can be lonely and/or stressful. So w/ several of them approaching - Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's - I'm asking, what stresses/upsets/hurts you, if anything, during this otherwise joyous time?
  6. With several holidays on the horizon - Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's - I'm wondering if any of your hobbies/interests/sports/passions lend themselves to any of these occasions? Perhaps you love to cook, and so preparing dishes for TG or Xmas is right up your alley. Or maybe crafting is your hobby, and you've made a cornucopia for your TG table or enjoy making your own decorations for Xmas or Hanukkah, etc. Or you're a shutterbug and the holidays give you plenty of opportunity to indulge your passion. Or?? Then again, perhaps you'd rather be out skiing (if it's possible) just when it's time to gather around the holiday dinner table. Or maybe you'd rather be taking in an opera. Or??
  7. Will you be traveling this year to visit your long distance loved ones for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and/or Kwanzaa, etc? Or will they be traveling to see you?
  8. As I've said elsewhere on the board, there are several holidays coming up -  Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's. So now I'm asking, is it generally easier to be single during the holiday season or more difficult? How about this year?
  9. Holiday Traditions

    Hello all, I feel like I might get stoned for asking about winter holidays in October but I am willing to take that chance! I like planning before the storm hits I am curious how all of you combined your holidays with your spouse/partner? How about with your new extended family? Of course you and your spouse each have your own traditions and come from different back grounds, how did you mix them together? Any suggestions on how to make the transition smooth or deal with ruffled feathers? Also, if you have any fun traditions that you started with your spouse, I would love to hear about them!
  10. If you have custody of, have adopted or are the foster parent for your GC (grandchild/ren), what's happening w/ the parents this holiday season as far as visiting is concerned? Have they/will they set aside time to visit w/ their child/ren for Christmas (or Hanukkah, etc.)? Are they allowed to? If a visit already took place, how did it go?
  11. Is it easier to be single during the holiday season or more difficult?
  12. It's baby's 1st holiday season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and/or the New Year, do you anticipate your new baby or GB will be included? Dressed up in holiday attire that says "Baby's 1st Christmas" (or Hanukkah, etc.)? Or just in their regular baby clothes? Traveling to see GPs and other relatives or just staying home w/ Mommy and Daddy? Or??
  13. In the past we've had MILs  (or FILs, etc.) come in here and complain that no matter how often they ask their DS/ DIL and family (or DD/SIL and family)  to come over for Christmas (or any other holiday), the younger couple declines. And we've had DILs gripe that MIL "won't take no for an answer,"  even suggesting one alternative after another ("lunch?" "dinner?" the next weekend?") rather than simply accepting the fact that they' (DIL, DS and family) aren't coming. OTOH, we've had posters suggest that it's no harm to "try again" a year later to get DS and family to attend this/that holiday event. And many of us have advised  moms/MILs/GPs to  come up w/ alternative dates if  DS and family aren't available on Christmas, Thanksgiving or whatever holiday. So... what's your take? How often should  MIL (or whoever) ask DS/DIL (or whoever) to this/that holiday event? Is it wise or not to suggest alternative dates if they  say no to the actual day? And is there a point where MIL should just let it go?
  14. Here comes December - a month full of holidays - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day (in Canada and the UK), and New Year's Eve! And w/ that, winter vacation for most schoolkids!   @ GPs - Will you be doing any babysitting during the vacation? If you're the regular granny (or grampie, etc) nanny, will you have to step up your childcare schedule?   Or if you're raising your grands, have you made any other  arrangements for any part of the vacation, so that you can work or just get a "day off?"   Same questions for other relative caregivers.   @ Parents - Will any of your kids' GPs (or other relatives) be watching them at all during the vacation? Or will they, perhaps, visit GPs/relatives for part of that time?    
  15. If your adult son/daughter and family have been living in your home, how has it impacted the holiday season for you, if at all, this year? Same question if you're the one who has moved in w/ them. Or if you're an AC (adult child) or CIL dealing w/ one of these situations.
  16. Maybe you used to have a houseful for Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, etc), but now your sons/daughters are married and spend some Christmases at their ILs... Or perhaps your parents/PILs did the hosting for years, but that's changed now and you find yourself hosting "everybody."... Or you and yours always put the Christmas Tree up the day after T'giving, but your spouse/SO was used to doing it on Christmas Eve. So now you compromise and do it somewhere in between.... Or you and your spouse/SO are from different religious/cultural backgrounds and have had to find ways to honor both sets of traditions.... Or... How has your celebration of Christmas (and/or other December holidays) changed over time, if at all? And how do you feel about it?
  17. Do you send Christmas (or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and/or New Year's) greetings to otherwise estranged AC (adult children) and their families - or CO (cut off) parents/PILs - via card or FB (facebook), etc? Or "just" the GC (grandchildren)? Why or why not? Or perhaps your estranged relatives/ILs send greetings to you at this time of year, despite the CO? If so, why do you think that is? And how do you respond?
  18. Maybe you and your kids always had a strict rule against opening any Christmas presents before breakfast, but your spouse and their kids went at it at dawn. Or you and yours always enjoyed the traditional candlelit Hanukkah menorah, but your new spouse and their kids long since gave that up for an electronic one. Or, if you live in Canada or Britain, etc. you and yours visit extended family on Boxing Day, but your new spouse and theirs are used to doing that on Christmas, itself. Or... ?? If yours is a blended family, how have you managed to blend traditions, if need be? Or if one or more of your AC now have a blended family, how have they worked out such differences?
  19. What do you feel your Christmas Tree or other holiday decorations say about you/your family? That you're very traditional? Modern? Sentimental? Minimalistic? Sophisticated? Nature-loving? Creative? A combination? Or ??
  20. Gifts for your hobby

    Here comes December w/ its gift-giving holidays! Do you enjoy receiving gifts related to your hobbies/passions? Or do you find you prefer to buy hobby-related items yourself?
  21. Pets as Presents

    Do/would you ever give a pet as a holiday gift? Or have you ever received one as such?
  22. With a number of holidays coming up in the next couple of months - Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa - I'm wondering this... If, unfortunately, you have a strained relationship w/ your adults son/daughter and family, do you see or hear from/contact them on any of these holidays? Or are you totally estranged even then? Same questions if you have a strained relationship w/ your parents/PILs or any other family members/ILs.
  23. Hey, it's December, w/ its several holidays - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years and if you're one of our increasing members from Canada, the UK and other parts of the British Commonwealth, then, perhaps, Boxing Day, as well!   But whatever you celebrate (or don't), if your AC and family are living w/ you or you w/ them, what kind of holiday do you anticipate this year? Do you say, "the more the merrier" and enjoy having a full house during this season? Or do you find/expect it to be a little too hectic? Or, instead, will it be quieter than usual, as you all leave the home base to visit elsewhere? Or ??
  24. Do you remember, as a child or teenager, ever wishing for something really hard? Maybe a gift you wanted for the holidays or your birthday? Or ??
  25. In her "spoiled child" thread in MIL Anon, MBear spoke, among other things, of GPs who give overblown Easter baskets. And recently, I heard an ad on the radio (sorry, I don't recall for what store/business) advertising such "Easter gifts" as bicycles, etc. - IOWs too big to fit even in a large, fancy basket! Is this a trend? And if so, what do you think about it? Are you or any of your family members/ILs into it? Is Easter, in short, becoming the "new Christmas?"