Monday, December 18, 2017

Day 2980 - What is your Christmas MO?

Where in the world will you be spending Christmas?

The Christmas Decoration I gave my mum to hang on our tree
If you've been following me for a while you'll know we rarely spend Christmas at home. I summed that up quite well two years ago as we packed our bags for a winter Christmas in the USA.

Having said that, last year we actually hosted Christmas at our house for only the second time ever. Both sides of the family attended and instead of travelling, everyone came to us.

This year we are getting back to our "normal" Christmas MO.

As with many marriages, we adopted the system of alternate Christmas's. To ensure fairness we spend one year with my husband's family and the next with mine.  It's an easy way to ensure we cover all bases, without argument and everybody knows where they stand.

This year it's my parents turn*.  So on Christmas Eve we'll be packing the car with all the gifts and heading to Goulburn.

Christmas will include church the night before, waking up to Santa (my kids are teens but Santa will still find them), preparing a feast, dressing up, welcoming extended family to Christmas lunch, more gift giving, family games, a nap, left-overs, a Christmas movie and eventually falling into a food coma.

I love spending Christmas this way. Whether it be with my folks, my husband's folks or at our house, the format is similar.  We wake up excited, spoil each other, cook, eat, laugh, play, then fall into bed exhausted.

That's our MO.

Where in the world will you be spending Christmas?

What's your Christmas MO?

Do you alternate? 

*As I write this I realise our "normal" MO is actually changing.  This year the hubster's entire family is coming to my parent's house for Christmas lunch. We're lucky that everyone gets along well and actually wants to spend time together. So the whole "alternate" thing is becoming less about who we share our time with and more about "who will host lunch this year".  


  1. I don't know if I'm having a brain fart but I'm not sure what Christmas MO means... Maybe I just haven't had my coffee yet...

    We had our family lunch early (yesterday) because my brother and his family are going away. It will be a quiet one at home for us. Enjoy your day at Goulburn. Sounds perfect x

  2. This will be our first year hosting in 28 years. Our normal MO is to spend it with my family, but this year we're away. It will be strange but good all at the same time.

  3. Merry Christmas, Leanne!

    Ours will be much like yours. At my place with mum and dad coming over.

    Can't wait.

    SSG xxx

  4. Hi Leanne, we had our 'blended' family get together yesterday which is our tradition. It was so wonderful to have all the grandchildren together and the look on their faces when they saw the Santa Sacks was priceless. On Christmas Day we go to my daughter's for the day and then off to the Coast until after New Year. Merry Christmas, Leanne and I wish you and all of your family a wonderful 2018. It has been lovely connecting with you this year.
    Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond


  6. Leanne, I wish you and your's a very merry Christmas & a happy new year. I think it's fantastic that both sides of the family get along well and are able to share Christmas day and that way no one misses out. After our big downsize and move last week, we're looking forward to a low key Christmas day, with the three of us, lots of yummy food and probably some time at the beach.

  7. No alternating, in fact, this year I'm skipping it all together in exchange for some quiet time.

  8. That sounds just perfect to me! We no longer do anything with our families but for many years we did. Us moving away and my Dad happy to celebrate Christmas with my bro and family who live close works for us now. We all did that alternative Christmases thing but it became more and more complicated as our adult kids had spilt families so kids had to be handed over to other parent...blah blah. Hence, we stay here now (too much to drive on the M1) and we remember with fondness our shared family Christmases. Our adult grandkids are dropping in on Boxing Day on their way to their paternal grandparents who also live on the Central Coast. Our younger grandkids (who now share the day with each parent) will like facetime us sometime. Life. It gets complicated but it goes on. I am so glad you and your hubs are joining up this year in particular! Thank you for linking up for the LAST #lifethisweek in 2017. I look forward to seeing you back linking up when you can, and 2018 prompts kick off on 1.1.18 and are already on the home page. Sending all festive wishes to you, Denyse xx


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