I come from a very small family. We are not close with my dad's side of the family, and my mom is from England, so we don't really see them either. We never really had any huge plans as a family, considering it was just my mom, dad, older sister, and me. Regardless, we always managed to have pleasant holidays. Now this will be the second Christmas I have been married, but we have been together for about seven years. This means that we have spent seven Thanksgivings, Christmases, Easter...etc splitting the time between two families. Now, I know this is not a huge deal to many people, and every married couple learns to deal with it. Still, I feel a little uneasy about the whole thing sometimes.
Don't get me wrong, I love my husband's family very much. I really lucked out with the family I married into. But now that I have adoptd their family traditions, my family has had to in a way as well. Since my hubby's family is very large (and close) they have parties and get togethers all the time with the extended family. So obviously it seems my family (considering the size difference here) should be able to work around the other one's plans. It always works out and we spend about equal times with both families...but man is it tricky! Christmas morning we go over to hubby's family's house where we have a Christmas breakfast and spend the afternoon, then go to my parents house for dinner. But my family has to put thier Christmas morning on hold until we get there later. They wait to open any presents until we arrive. So they pretty much wait around all morning and afternoon just for us. It kind of takes the fun out of Christmas morning for them now. But to be fair, my husband's family doesn't get us during the evening.
I really can't complain too much here; it really does work out for the most part. But does anyone else feel a little overwhelmed trying to keep everyone happy during the holidays?