How many people will you be spending Christmas Day with?

(70 Posts)
Amandine29 Sun 13-Oct-13 19:41:36

And will you be hosting?

Really just interested to know what other people do.

lucysmam Sun 13-Oct-13 19:43:41

Just the four of us! I feel a bit guilty that my dad'll be spending the best part of the day alone as my sister does her own thing but he doesn't want to drive to come to us.

IsThatTrue Sun 13-Oct-13 19:45:10

MIL, FIL, BIL, SIL, DN (10mo at Xmas), DH, myself, DS2 (1 at Xmas).

Dd and DS1 are with their dad this year sad

But it means we get to do it all over again on Boxing Day grin

BIL is hosting but MIL is cooking. I will be enjoying.

UsedToBeNDP Sun 13-Oct-13 19:45:24

12 minimum Xmas day (bil's house). Around 15 boxing day (my house)

Bunbaker Sun 13-Oct-13 19:49:00

3 - me OH and DD.

17leftfeet Sun 13-Oct-13 19:49:01

Just me and my 2 dds for the first time ever this year

We will all muck in with the cooking so god knows what time we will eat but we will spend the day in our onsies and just be very chilled out

Lizzylou Sun 13-Oct-13 19:49:43

11 at our house on Christmas Day.

piratecat Sun 13-Oct-13 19:50:37

one, dd !

Same as Bunbaker. Me, DP and DD.

Oh and our brand new puppy grin

Exactly the way we like it.

My mum comes to sleep over on Christmas eve (to make FCs job a little easier) and so it's us 4 with my mum. Lovely. I get out of seeing my ILs by having a christmas meal a couple of days before (and try not to get angry when i lsten to their "FC bought your toys to us because blah blah" when stockings only come from FC in our house!)

Not sure if i fancy having a big, busy busy christmas really.

MirandaWest Sun 13-Oct-13 19:51:32

During the day time DD and DS (and then XH as well).

Later on my bf and me.

cupcakeicing Sun 13-Oct-13 19:52:11

4, me, DH , DM and DS. Only get every alternate year off so really looking forward to it. DH and I do the starter and main course. DM does the trifle.

JollyScaryGiant Sun 13-Oct-13 19:53:44

Just the four of us I think. We considered going to my parents where there will be at least five people. If we were to go there, 9 and the dog would pretty much fill the place.

Oreocrumbs Sun 13-Oct-13 19:53:46

20 ish on Christmas day - not all at once, my parent's house first, then DP's later.

Boxing day 500+ (we will have to work) and the rest of the holidays just us with my brother and parents coming and going.

15 adults and 20 children so far for dinner.

Me, DH, DS2, DS3, DS4 and DD
My parents
My nan, gran and grandad
My sister, her husband and their 6 children
My sister, her husband and their children
My sister, her husband and their 4 children
My brother, his wife and their 3 children

DS1, his girlfriend and my grandson join us in the evening.

I will be swearing gin.

frosty21 Sun 13-Oct-13 20:03:39

4 of us. Me, Dh, dd1 and dd2.

I don't think dd3 counts yet as she isn't actually due till January although she will be making her presence felt through my non alcoholic Christmas!

I love being able to do exactly as we want, when we want. We keep it fairly traditional but really focus on the dc. Its their day. When I have spent Christmas at MIL or my sisters its been really adult focused, with the children being expected to play without 'annoying the adults'. It spoils Christmas for me.

I wish my parents were still alive - they are the only other people I would wish to share my Christmases with.

GemmaTeller Sun 13-Oct-13 20:07:04

Just me and DH

We're having breakfast at my sil's, where the will be 6 adults and 4 children. Then we'll pop to my sister's on the way home and then it'll just be the 3 of us for the rest of the day ( my parents live abroad).

Just me and dp and dafty dog

COCKadoodledooo Sun 13-Oct-13 20:15:09

We haven't even thought that far ahead yet.. Probably dh, me and the 2 dc at home. Would love to host but we live hundreds of miles from those we'd like to invite and don't have the room to put them up.

overitalready Sun 13-Oct-13 20:15:26 at work confused

7 boxing day and im cooking, dunno which day is worse wink

Salbertina Sun 13-Oct-13 20:18:46

Tig shock, where do you put then all? Is it fun or hellish ?

tumbletumble Sun 13-Oct-13 20:20:14

This year the PILs are hosting. Will be only 7 of us (PILs, me and DH, DCs). Last year we hosted for 13 so will be a bit calmer this year!

merlin Sun 13-Oct-13 20:22:22

Probably me, DH, 2x DS and 10 others, poss an extra 2 as well!

Meglet Sun 13-Oct-13 20:26:01

Ideally just DD and DS. Which is what I did last year.

But I think we might need to visit relatives for Xmas lunch. I'll keep it short and sweet.

MamaBear17 Sun 13-Oct-13 20:28:07

Everyone! The day will start just the three of us, then round to PILs at about 9.30 where we will be joined by my dh's sisters and partners and my gorgeous dn. At about 2ish we will head over to my parents joined by my brothers. Its busy, but lovely. Although, I am looking forwards to next year when we will stay at home and people can come to us!

topbannana Sun 13-Oct-13 20:31:28

Me, DH and DS, my parents and possibly 2 or three friends. I'd love to have more but our cottage is really small and we simply don't have the room hmm

nurseneedshelp Sun 13-Oct-13 20:35:27

I'll be with:

13 registered nurses
5 health care assistants
10 Doctors
3 clerical staff

Yep I've got a shitty 12 hour shift in A&E.

The only time I hate my job.

Taffeta Sun 13-Oct-13 20:41:21


Same every other year. The other year Me DH DS DD FIL MIL BIL SIL.

I always host.

Salbertina, I think its fun, but I get for some people it would be total hell.

The 'kids' range from 22 to a few months so it's calmer than say a kids party of 20 kids.

Downstairs we have a basement which usually operates as a second lounge and playroom, so on the day we whack a few tables together and there will be 17 on each side. Then we all just pile into the lounge and what usually is the dining room, but is converted into a second lounge for the few days. The two rooms are split by double doors so at some points it can split into two groups. Kids usually end up piling off into bedrooms or playing all over the house. Having a spare fridge and freezer as well as a large tv and lots of chairs make it all much easier. Also we all help out so one of my sisters will be solely responsible for emptying and unpacking the dishwasher, one will be table clearer and filler. It's manic but so so fun.

Anja1Cam Sun 13-Oct-13 20:49:16

Just us 4 and my PIL's (who are lovely I have to add). We're hosting as usual, they're here for the whole week. Dh'd birthday is on the 24th as well... I love cookingcooking etc and celebrations here are usually fairly relaxed and everyone lends a hand so I'm looking forward to it, even if I do keep fairly busy for the duration.

Editededition Sun 13-Oct-13 20:51:04

Magic this year, as have everyone here grin with kids + partners + children, plus one SIL's parents ..... 15 plus 2 resident dogs and 2 visiting.

Very excited, as its a while since I have hosted when all DCs can be here!

lumpybumpylooloo Sun 13-Oct-13 20:51:54

There will be 14 of us having Christmas dinner at our house...
Me, DH, DS1 and DS2
DM, DF, DB and DGran
DSIL, DBIL, DNiece and DNephew.
We will also have DH's grandparents calling in in the morning.... Hectic, but I love a busty house at Christmas!!

lumpybumpylooloo Sun 13-Oct-13 20:52:31

* Busy- not busty?!?!

Salbertina Sun 13-Oct-13 20:54:24

Oh, Tig, sounds lovely! Wish my parents/siblings were less uptight like that! Had similar Xmases at ex-boyfriend's and was such fun!

elQuintoConyo Sun 13-Oct-13 21:26:00

Juts three here: me, dh, ds.
I'm happy with that, no one else to pander to, as I've had to do in years past. I un-dormated myself and now have a lovely relaxing day to enjoy how we want: pjs till lunch, wrapping paper strewn everywhere til I don't know when, bit of a walk or some Christmas sex once ds is having his nap and an evening watching dvds or playing scrabble with Baileys and chocolate liquers!

LittleNoona Sun 13-Oct-13 21:27:57

Just 7 of us this year - me, dp, dd, dm, db, dsil and dnephew.

I'm hosting.

No veggie to cater for this year.

About 50, but that's because I'm working a 12hr shift in a care home. DH not on leave from the army and DDs turn at her dads so might as well.

Saying that though Christmas day is a lovely day at work smile smile

Greydog Sun 13-Oct-13 21:34:12

Me, husband and dog. And that's the way we like it. Sad, antisocial buggers!

MooseBeTimeForSnow Sun 13-Oct-13 21:45:30

Bloody hell Tig. How big is the turkey??

BeaverAbroad Sun 13-Oct-13 21:47:30

Me, DP, DD1, DS.

FIL, MIL, BIL, SIL, SIL2, SIL3, StepMIL (btw- MIL/StepMIL are good friends now).

Dnephew1, Dnephew2, Dnephew 3, Dniece1.

DSis, DSis, Dbro (those three are under 10). Dis3. DM. Step dad. Ex foster dad. Dbro2.

But we wake up and go round to the ILs house for lunch, with my parents/siblings coming to join the ILs at the same time. The on,y people staying with us are my three youngest siblings. And we leave the ILs/family behind at 4PM.

Iamsanta Sun 13-Oct-13 21:50:16

Just us four and I love it like that! DC happy with their toys, no arguments and no pleasing others! Just PERFECT!

BeaverAbroad Sun 13-Oct-13 21:50:27

Oh. And Dgran, Dgrandad, DGran2, Dgrandad2, great nan1, great nan3. Grandad1IL, Grandad2IL, Nan1IL, Nan2IL, ex foster mum, and my ex foster sister+her six children. 37 plus us.

Me, DH and our twin girls who will be 15 months old. Really looking forward to it smile

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 13-Oct-13 21:58:09

Don't know yet, haven't had the discussion. Probably go round to my mum and dad's for Christmas lunch, we won't spend the whole day though (it's walkable).

In-laws are 100s of miles away and other family are there too, so they usually stay put.

filee777 Sun 13-Oct-13 22:01:57

DH, the kids and me. Wouldnt want it any other way.

Ginformation Sun 13-Oct-13 22:02:58

Dh, ds, me, 37 week bump, 2 cats, dm, df, mil, fil, possibly my grumpy as hell d grandpa, and hopefully my d friend if she gets out of work on time. We will be hosting, but I ain't doing none of the work grin . I shall be too busy gestating and stuffing chocolate oranges into my gob.

EldonAve Sun 13-Oct-13 22:04:29

7-9 I think. I'm not hosting

I'll be hopefully spending it with my DH and two DDs (who will be 3.5 and 6m) and we'll slob at home. I think this'll be the year DD1 'gets' Christmas!

Jojay Sun 13-Oct-13 22:11:17

Just DH, myself and our 4 kids.

But I'll have about 12 on Xmas Eve and another 12 on 27th, including my bot and his wife who are flying in from the USA.

We really love having Xnas Day all to ourselves. Our kids are all under 7 so it can be all about them. Last year we had burgers and chips, so catering was dead easy too, esp as I had epic cooking to do on the other days.

Can't wait for Xmas!

Thanks Salbertina, it is really crazy in a way but really fun.

Thankfully I'm only hosting the one event this year, although it would be me who gets the sit down meal. This year should be a doddle compared to last year where I did Christmas Day for my family, Boxing Day for DHs equally large family (had to be a party with buffet as there are too maybe of them) and a big New Year's Eve party.

Moose, I've ordered 2 9kg turkeys which apparently serve 18 each, 2 mushroom Wellingtons and a goose. In my head people will be sent home with leftovers, in reality it will probably look like a swarm of locusts has hit.

Homeiswherethefartis Sun 13-Oct-13 22:35:54

just me and the 2dc again this Year. It's looking increasingly likely Dh will be away again this Xmas serving queen and Country the 3rd xmas in a rowsad sad

lade Mon 14-Oct-13 01:21:27

We do the same every year:

Wake up at home, and go over to my parents mid morning. We stay there for the rest of the day and come home on boxing day.

My brother also goes over, so there's 7 of us there: Me, DH, DD1, DD2, DM, DF and DB.

My grandparents used to come over during the day, but they find it too much now, so we normally see them a few days later.

EBearhug Mon 14-Oct-13 01:24:10

Just me on my own.

DaleyBump Mon 14-Oct-13 01:32:43

DP, mum, dad, sister, gran, grandad, aunt, aunt's partner, newborn DS. My mum hosts every year and we always have a fantastic time smile

BearsBeetsBattlestarGalactica Mon 14-Oct-13 06:48:46

Me, DD1, DD2 and the bf until around lunchtime when the ex picks up the girls.

Then off to the bf's parents' house where I am guessing there will be around 7 adults and 3 children.

I'm quite looking forward to it smile

lilmamma Mon 14-Oct-13 07:15:52

about 400 sad iam in work and we are doing Christmas dinner for the customers. but I have boxing day off and am going to my parents, they do a fab buffet and there will be about 12 of us smile

Yama Mon 14-Oct-13 07:26:24

We are hosting. It will be the 4 of us plus 7 extra adults.

Can't wait.

glastocat Mon 14-Oct-13 07:40:02

It's my first Xmas in Oz, so we are going to the beach with all new pommy pals, five other families and kids so over 20 of us. I can't wait! smile

Wineandchoccy Mon 14-Oct-13 07:41:55

We will see DH grandad in the morning, then go to my Mum and Dads for lunch with grandma + Grandad, brother, sister in law, 2 nephews + DH and I = 10

DH family have a buffet Xmas party on the 27th December with games!! There will be 14 ranging from 18 months to 90 years.

tootssweet Mon 14-Oct-13 08:00:41

Just the 4 of us + dog. After spending most Christmases driving up & down the M6 - we agreed that the kids opening & playing with their presents is what's important & not sitting & squabbling in the car (& having to stay sober!)
It's v chilled - we pore over the cookery books in early December & decide what we would like to try this year (not big turkey fans)

HoobleDooble Mon 14-Oct-13 08:05:08

Just DH, DS and myself as I like it. The last 5 have been washouts (hospitalisation, illness, miscarriage and redundancy) so am determined to have a good one this year!

HardFacedCareeristBitchNigel Wed 16-Oct-13 01:17:33

I will have about 20 at various meals. Dh is working earlies and is bringing his section of 10 officers round for breakfast then various people will drift in and out allday until xmas dinner about 5pm when we will be 12 -15

WallyBantersJunkBox Wed 16-Oct-13 01:20:19

Whilst seasonally I am very much the social butterfly - the actual day of the 25th is a lockdown, just me, DH and DS, doing what we want when we want.

curiousgeorgie Wed 16-Oct-13 10:50:29

Me, DH, DD1 (3), DD2 (will be 6 months) and our spaniel all go to my parents house...

Mum, Stepdad, their dogs, DB1 plus wife and nephews (7 & 3), DB2 plus GF and niece (8), DB3 plus girlfriend. 2 sets of grandparents, uncle, aunt, cousin 1 plus husband and 3 nieces (8, 6 & 1) cousin 2 plus boyfriend. My best friend and her boyfriend, DH's best friend and his dog. Mums best friend and her husband.

Then in the evening, about 6 more friends, DH's parents, brother, his wife and their son, (1).

It's amazing and busy and I love it. My mum still manages to make a lovely long Christmas table across her dining room and conservatory by hiring trestle tables and fits everyone round it, then in the evening we have buffet style and lots of games. (When my parents had their extension they did it with Christmas dining in mind wink)

Pretty much all the same people for Boxing Day too!

Ragwort Wed 16-Oct-13 12:31:05

When I have spent Christmas at MIL or my sisters its been really adult focused - I can't wait to return to adult focused Christmases grin.

In fact our Christmas this year will be fairly adult as we will be abroad, three adults plus our teenage son grin - bitter memories of the year we gave him Mousetrap which took ages to set up and was never played with again !!

Grotbagstwin Wed 16-Oct-13 12:39:15

Last year was full on, at my house I had fil at 8am, mil and her h 10am both for cooked breakfasts, then 12 for a three course lunch then in the evening sil and her 5 for a buffet tea.
This year I am not lifting a finger, I have refused, putting both families into panic. I said I will do thre pudding the day before for christmas day and thats it, I want to relax this year for the first time in my grown up life grin

NCISaddict Wed 16-Oct-13 12:45:07

13 plus 3 dogs for lunch. I'm hosting. It's all my husbands family and one of our friends who will be staying Christmas eve and night. The others just turn up for lunch.

Hulababy Wed 16-Oct-13 18:32:37

Just the three of us: me, dh and 11y dd.
We always chose to have Christmas day at home, the three of us. Did when it was just me and dh too. Didn't ant to go down the route of having to decide who's house it was, driving on Christmas Day, etc. Though we may call at a friend's house mid day for nibbles if we go out and about for an early walk - did so last year which was nice.

Boxing Day is our family day when my parents and inlaws, and any siblings who are over come and visit. I will cook.

insanityscratching Wed 16-Oct-13 21:13:16

Me (it's my birthday),dh and our 5dc until we've eaten and then some might go to bf/gf's or bf/gf's might come here. No firm plans either way but whoever is here will be welcome.

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