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  1. 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?
  2. Is it easier to be single during the holiday season or more difficult?
  3. 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??
  4. 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?
  5. 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?    
  6. 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 your an AC (adult child) or CIL dealing w/ one of these situations.
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. 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?
  10. 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 ??
  11. 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?
  12. Pets as Presents

    Do/would you ever give a pet as a holiday gift? Or have you ever received one as such?
  13. 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.
  14. 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 ??
  15. 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 ??
  16. 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?"
  17. How do you /expect/hope your holiday(s) will turn out? Is there anything you're not sure of but are hoping will happen - or not happen?
  18. Here comes December - a month full of holidays - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day (in Canada and the UK), 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?
  19. This year, we went to SIL's FOO for T'giving, as I've mentioned elsewhere. One of the dishes served was mashed carrots and someone asked why they serve them that way. The answer was b/c they were following a family tradition/SIL's GGM's recipe.   That got me to thinking... what holiday traditions, if any, would you like to see your AC and/or GC carry on, whether for TG, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc?
  20. Holiday Game

    It's December - the month of Christmas, New Year's Eve and a few other holidays! With that in mind, lets play a variation on the Two-Word game that focuses on the various holidays and the winter season (and let's give some leeway, again, and allow 1-3-word expressions)! Each player starts their expression with the last letter of the one posted by the player before. IOWs. if I say Happy New Year you might say, Rudolph and the next player might say Ho! Ho! Ho! or Happy Hanukkah  or even hail. The words don't have to be related to the holidays or the winter season though it would be nice, I think, if they were. And you don't have to bold the first and last letters being used the way I do, either.   I'll start below...
  21. In the Question of the Month (Legacy) thread, Daisy told us:   As a child my parents always spent time with church or civic organizations, helping with the food bank, giving gifts for a giving tree, helping at a children's or veterans hospital. My parent had a few charities they helped all year.   As our children grew we helped passed out meals at a homeless shelter, worked sorting food at a food bank, helped out at a Christmas party for a children's hospital, visited veterans and gave them homemade cookies, cards and care packages, and helped wrap gifts for the giving tree at our church.( Not all in one year)  DH and I still support the veterans all year.   DGD has helped collect and sort food for the food bank as a school project. Her school serves meals at the senior center a couple of times a month. DGD is learning to help people that need help. I hope this will continue for her.   So now, everyone, I'm wondering what you and yours do, if anything, to give to others/"give back" to society, etc. during the holiday season. Or, if you like, what you do to give back at other times/any time of the year?...
  22. DH and I have been mostly taking it easy this weekend. All our Christmas shopping is done, as well as the wrapping and decorating, etc. Watched the GC, Friday night, so YDD could go out and celebrate the end of her school term w/ some of her classmates. But otherwise, no babysitting this weekend.   Meanwhile, how's your weekend going? Are busy w/ your kids/GC this weekend or do you have it all to yourself/for you and your spouse/SO? Or a little of each? Doing anything holiday-related (shopping, wrapping, decorating, etc)? Or just relaxing? Or ??
  23. It's holiday time, allegedly, the "most wonderful time of the year" for all, especially children. But what if a child's parent(s) won't/can't be there for the Christmas or Hanukkah, etc? What do you tell your child, if you're the other parent, or your GC if you're a GRG (grandparent raising grandchild)? And do you bring up the issue or wait till they ask?  (Same questions if you're raising a niece, nephew or other relative child/ren).    
  24. GP.com just posted this delightful article about crafts you (general) can do for Christmas/the December holidays: http://www.grandparents.com/grandkids/holiday-activities-and-crafts/homemade-christmas-decorations   Now I'm wondering, do you have any DIY projects that you do w/ your children of the GC/relative kids you take care of? Whether for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc., would love to hear about them...
  25. If you - or you and your spouse/SO - are w/o your AC (adult child/ren) and GC (grandchild/ren) today (or other loved ones), due to estrangement - sending you warm wishes and (((hugs)))! Same if you expect to be w/o them on Christmas, Hanukkah or whichever of the December holidays you celebrate. I hope you have other family members or friends w/ which to share these special occasions. Or that you can travel or find yourself enjoying the time just relaxing at home w/ a good book, good TV, etc. Or that you find solace in working or volunteering.   ... Peace...