Christmas is all about family, isn’t? Parents, siblings, uncles and aunties and cousins… You see people you don’t see for the rest of the year. But what about the important people? Your immediate family. Do you see enough of them?
Christmas is a good break and it should be a chance to relax with your own family, but so often it’s about seeing other people, it’s gone in a flash and you realise you’ve had no downtime.
My husband works long hours and never takes a break. Christmas is the one time of year when he really takes it easy. I normally work a day or two over Christmas, but also have plenty of time off. The kids are off school and there’s no activities, so we should get loads of time together, right?
We both worked on 23rd December and my husband worked on the morning of Christmas Eve.
On Christmas Eve my younger son, daughter and I all went on the Santa train with my parents, sister and brother-in-law and baby niece. Most of us then went to the children’s church service and everyone came round to our house for tea.
We spent Christmas day at my parents’ with my brother. My sister, brother-in-law and niece were there for some of the day too.
From there it’s usually Boxing Day at my parents’ and then off to the in-laws’ for three days. But the birth of my niece on 27th December last year means that we will always have a family celebration that day too. So we were potentially looking at four consecutive days with my family, followed by three with my husband’s. A whole week without being on our own. Then straight back to work for me.
Now I love my parents, siblings and niece, but I need to spend some time with my kids and husband, just the five of us. So we took a stand. We said no to Boxing Day at my mum’s. The rest of the family were there, but we did our own thing. We went to the cinema and we had our tea at Nandos. Nothing special, but we were on our own, just the five of us, relaxing.
I’m at work tomorrow, then there’s just New Year’s Day and my husband is back at work. On the face of it, the Christmas break is almost two weeks, but it’s amazing how quickly that can be eaten up by family commitments. I’m glad we took just one day away from it all to be on our own.
Do you get time on your own at Christmas? Or are you happy to see extended family the whole time?