Thursday, October 9, 2008

Aloha Friday!


An Island Life is hosting Aloha Friday.. I thought it would be fun to participate. All you have to do is answer the question I ask by leaving a comment. Then click over to An Island Life and link up to Aloha Friday with your own question!

An Island Life asked this Question:

What are you and/or your children dressing up as for Halloween?

My Answer is:

We never celebrated Halloween growing up and now with my own family I have just carried on that tradition.  However, I think it would be fun to dress up in a costume! lol   If we celebrated I think my son would love to be a superhero of some kind!  

My Question for you:    

Do you divide the holidays up with family?  Do you try and make all the relatives happy or do you stay home?  

My Answer:   We have tried in the past to divide the holidays up with family.. but our families are large..and far apart that it becomes more difficult each year.  We try and convince family to come to our place lol  

18 comments:

Heart of Rachel said...

We spend Christmas Eve at my in-laws and we spend most of the Christmas Day at home. We sometimes visit few relatives during Christmas Day. We spend New Year's Eve at home. Sadly my parents are in the States and we rarely spend holidays together. They usually have their vacation during summer.

The Farmer Files said...

Once upon a time we used to divide holidays...for the first two years of marriage. We divided every single holiday, meaning we would drive 3 hours south to San Diego to see my folks, and then 5 or 6 hours east to Phoenix. Then we moved to VA. We told everyone they had to come and visit us. A baby later, we were NOT traveling 2500 miles, submitting to holiday travel time with an infant. Then we moved to Hawaii. Surprise, surprise, no one complained about visiting us for the holidays. If we ever move off the island, we may travel the day after Thanksgiving or the day after Christmas, etc. But the holidays will be for our own family of four. If anyone wants to join us, they are welcome.

AmyG said...

Thankfully that's not an option here. My s/o's family lives here & my parents are in Florida. So we just spend the holidays with his family.

TheAngelForever said...

We used to spend every Thanksgiving with my husband's family since we live nearby mine. Then they started to assume they "owned" the holiday. We have not been for a few years thanks to this. For most Jewish holidays we stick around here and are with my family since we are at services.

Have a great weekend!

Neugier said...

Christmas is OUR family time! :D We do usually visit my side and my husbands side of the family in the Autumn months/Thanksgiving.

mommablogsalot said...

We still live moderately close to the family so we do a combination - thanksgiving we do dinner with one family, dessert with the other. Christmas is kind of all over the place, spread out across the week.

Candace said...

When I was growing up we would spend Thanksgiving with one family and Christmas with the other. By family I mean the grandparents, etc.

Now I have a daughter of my own we usually go see my grandma that lives further away (4 hours) a week or two before Christmas and do Christmas Eve with hubby's family and part of Christmas day with mine. I prefer to have it at my house but we are 2.5 hours away so that makes things more complicated. I hate feeling rushed during the holidays there really should be an easier way to do it lol.

Scott and Beth said...

We never got to do Halloween either. Our church does "Trunk or Treat" so all the kids can dress up. I don't mind that...I would never let my future kids wear icky costumes...but something nice or cute is okay with me. I got Ruthie a Denver Broncos cheerleader costume for this year. She is going to be so cute!

Scott and Beth said...

Oops...I forgot to answer your question. We really do our own thing. There is no way to please everyone. Scott's family would like for us to be with them for all of Christmas, but they are out of state. For Christmas we go to our Christmas Eve service at church, then to my parents' house to have my family Chistmas. Christmas morning we stay home and then usually travel to VA to see Scott's family. All other holidays have no "rules"...sometimes we are here for Thanksgiving, we have gone to see my grandparents in CO or gone to IL to see Scott's sister. We just do whatever.

Jennifer said...

We {{try}} to divide up between the families. It doesn't always work out, but I try. I would love nothing more than to stay at home for Christmas, though- but it seems we're obligated to one place or another.

Happy Aloha Friday!

Sage and Savvy said...

Both families are only 15 minutes away so we are fortunate enough to easily spend time with both sides.

Diva Ma said...

Halloween is SOOOO my favorite holiday!

But to answer your question, as a young couple, we tried to please everyone and drove all over the place to each set of relatives. Now we have children and we are more into pleasing me, uhh I mean us. We stay home most of the times and invite family to come see us. Traveling is way harder when you have 3 kids and a gas guzzling SUV!

Cathi said...

Like you, when the kids were little we would go here and then there visiting our parents. As the kids grew we decided to stay home and if our parents came they did, if not, oh well.
Now we plan around our children and grandchildren. We almost always have everyone and whoever else for a large dinner or if necessary go where the kids are going.
Wow, do I need to explain that answer? I'm even confused.

Jenni Jiggety said...

We try to make everyone happy and wind up driving all over creation when we'd all really rather be home. Ugh.

I did finally put my foot down about Christmas Eve though. That is a night for US ONLY!

Tena said...

We stay home for the holidays, in my family we believe those with the young babies should be able to stay home instead of having to up root them away from all their new toys, so everyone comes to us, which is super nice!!

The Woman said...

daughter is a cheerleader and son will be a construction worker

acupofjoy said...

Living overseas, it is just my husband and I and his parents. My family is in America. I miss my Michigan Christmas, though. This year it will be just the two of us. Something to enjoy until we have children of our own. His parents are going away this Christmas. I miss my huge family Christmas get togethers. Hopefully, it won't be long until I can enjoy them again.

Snowbird said...

When my kids were young, we would celebrate Christmas morning at home in Ohio then drive to southern Illinois to my folks. Later, the kids came to our house for Christmas until their kids got old enough to want Christmas at home, so we went to my son's house. Now my daughter lives in San Diego and my son in Ohio while we are in Florida. The son and family come down here.

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