As much as I count down the days and wait dearly for the holidays, to be spent with family and friends, lets be honest, it can create stress beyond belief. Everyone posts their adorable pictures of gift opening in front of the tree, smiles from ear to ear and 'still' faces of joy of everyone around. What we don't see is the stress and chaos that the holidays can bring. Everyone has their own ideas for the holidays, their own traditions, their own wants and needs. So when the time comes for bigger families much_like_ours to come together and spend a good amount of time together, the odds are someone is bound to get upset or be unhappy with something.
I am a sucker for traditions, I love the traditions I had as a child and want my kids to look forward to their own traditions that we have. Traditions that they may or may not keep with their own families as they get older. I love having a big family, I always dreamed as a kid that I wanted a huge family that was really close...and for the most part, I got it.
BUT, with so many people, so many ideas and so many traditions...things_can_get_messy!
We broke a couple traditions this year and I hated it, but it's not all about me. When you throw everything into the mix, sometimes you just have to go with the flow and hope_for_the_best!
The tradition of having our family Christmas on the morning of Christmas eve, started three years ago and the kids love it! They love being able to wake up and spend the morning opening presents in their pajamas. Just the six of us, the do and two cats. It is quiet (for_the_most_part) and relaxing down time to start our holiday festivities.
Stressful or not, we get to spend the holidays with the ones we love and in the end, that's what matters. Traditions come and go with generations and I guess I'll just have to learn to go with the flow and remember that new traditions might just be more fun than the old ones.