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gregssausageroll Wed 26-Sep-12 13:48:46

This year on Christmas day it will be me, DH, DS and the dog. We will have nibbles, champagne, the tv, toys and lovely food. We will head out for a walk at somepoint too. No parents to spend it with but I am looking forward to it although will very much miss Australian family.

Boxing day is very different. 16 friends and their families all coming for food. This year I am doing curry. Nice and easy. Usually a good day with wine, a few games on the wii and lots of chat.

New Year we just sleep right through that!

smellsofsick Wed 26-Sep-12 13:52:24

Having a baby (again)

goodiegoodieyumyum Wed 26-Sep-12 13:55:54

Going to spend Christmas in Australia with my family, first time taking dd4, ds who will be 1 to Austalia, looking forward to a very big family get together at my sisters, boxing day will spent at the cricket watching the first day of the Boxing day test, whilst BIL baby sits also abig family day out.

girlywhirly Wed 26-Sep-12 14:24:44

Just me DH and the cat here, we open our stockings and have breakfast, then start the lunch off while listening to Classic FM. A gentle and relaxed morning, having been to the pub the night before. We have no parents living now and never had siblings. After lunch a quick walk around locally and later have a supper of sorts in front of the TV, cheese and biscuits, trifle, nuts, chocs, dates etc.

DH might go to a football match on Boxing day, we have cold chicken, ham and chutneys with mash and beans for lunch or dinner depending on whether the match is home or away. We don't tend to see a lot of friends over the festive period because they aren't here, gone to parents or grown-up kids, or don't go out because of the visitors they have staying. But have usually seen most of them in the pub on Christmas eve anyway, or whenever has been arranged for the pre-Christmas drink.

Can take or leave New Year. Happy to have a nice meal at home.

WaitingForMe Wed 26-Sep-12 14:44:31

Catering lunch for 11 which will mean cooking for 10 and breastfeeding DS due in November.

One of my many plans includes presenting the DSSs Christmas presents in this cardboard castle.

Nothing too overboard wink

smoothieooo Wed 26-Sep-12 14:52:56

First year with just DSs and I (STBEx-H left a few months ago) but I will make sure it's lovely. I will have bucks fizz, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs in the morning, followed by present opening, some games, some Christmas TV and then the boys will go to my in-laws house for Christmas dinner. I am determined to plan my afternoon so that I will not be a weeping mess once they have left. I have never seen 'It's a Wonderful Life' all the way through but have been advised against it, so will perhaps watch something upbeat on the box, finish the champagne and have a nap grin

Titsalinabumsquash Wed 26-Sep-12 14:54:37

This year I will be cooking for 10 (+ breast feeding new Ds3 who is arriving in Nov)

It will be myself, DP, 3xDS, my sister, BIL, my 98 yo nan, 2 nieces, 1 nephew.

Traditional mad waking up, frenzy of opening, turkey and trimmings around 1pm, then whatever we cba to squeeze in for dinner.

Not sure about Boxing Day, probably spending with DP's family, not a clue about New Years either.

Me and my hubby will be opening our pressies from each other Christmas morning then will trundle off to see his mum and dad and poss SIL and nieces before heading to my mum and dads for a 3 course Christmas dinner with my DS, BIL and Nan then open presents from everyone else as well then home for supper.

It's our last Christmas together as a couple (I'm due in March) so next year hopefully we will have Xmas dinner at home as a family (where i can eat my weight in pate!) then either go visiting or have everyone over to ours. smile

ENormaSnob Wed 26-Sep-12 17:37:00

No idea as I dont know what I'm working yet sad

NatashaBee Wed 26-Sep-12 17:40:22

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Marne Wed 26-Sep-12 17:40:31

Staying at home, just the 4 of us for the first time ever and i cant wait. Last year was a nightmare with dd2 (ASD) at my dads house so we have decided to do nothing, just have a relaxing day, the dd's can open presents slowlly and dh and i can relax smile.

Hullygully Wed 26-Sep-12 17:42:47

Drinking and playing the box game

Goint to hospital

TheBonkeyMollocks Wed 26-Sep-12 17:49:46

Hopefully staying at home slobbing out all day!

Last year was my first christmas dinner that I cooked. Just dh,ds and me for most of the day but then felt like we had to go to SIL ... who had fecking loads of food laid out (1 1/2 hours after lunch) and then got arsey because no one ate anything hmm .

I will be asking telling dh that i would like to do nothing this year bar make dinner and drink!

Prforone Wed 26-Sep-12 18:03:30

Spending it alone as it's XH's turn to have DD.

I f**king hate years ending in even numbers sad

attheendoftheday Wed 26-Sep-12 19:45:52

I have to work sad

But I am taking a week off before Christmas to do festive things with dd to make up for it.

CakeBump Wed 26-Sep-12 19:49:21

Another one here having a baby smile

So either I will have my feet up in front of a load of old films, refusing to go anywhere or do anything as I'll be 4 days overdue

OR I'll be in newborn DC1 hell, stumbling about attempting to child-rear. Well, keep her fed, warm and rested at least - I'm not aiming high....

Taffeta Wed 26-Sep-12 19:50:43

DH, me, DS (9) and DD (6). Not sure DS still believes. sad

But he'll go along with the stockingfest anyway at 6am no doubt hmm, then present opening ( will leave a few for after lunch ), then crank up the Christmas toons have a proper breakfast ( eggs etc ), play with toys (them incl DH hmm ), whilst I slave away in the kitchen open the Prosecco.

DH's parents this year and perhaps mine too if my sister ducks out, which has been known to happen. May also have BIL and new SIL ( squeee!). They rock up around 12. Eat nibbles, drink more Prosecco and wine and then eat lunch around 3pm.

Boxing Day may see my parents if they dont come Christmas Day.

We usually go to the theatre in London between Christmas and New Year as a treat, last year we saw Matilda but there's not much we fancy or is the right date/age suitable for the chidren this year.

We don't do NYE, but have a big party the weekend before Christmas instead when people are well up for getting pissed

ReturnOfTheMunx Wed 26-Sep-12 20:00:47

Can I come Taff?

Taffeta Wed 26-Sep-12 20:01:18

Always space for the Munx smile

Shoshe Wed 26-Sep-12 20:20:30

Getting up, walking the dogs, nice leisurely bath, then sofa with nibbles, good coffee until about 5 oclock, then prepare a meal (not sure what yet we havn't decided)

DH should be in from work about 6.15, we will wat then the wine and chocolate will come out.

New Years Eve, we will have the a traditional Christmas Dinner, with DS and DDIL, who will get back from Oz the day before, and freinds with their two little girls (the 4 year old I childinded from 6 months til last month and is very much like another DGD)

NewStartSameStory Wed 26-Sep-12 20:22:55

Prforone - snap except this is my first without ds. Not sure if i am looking forward to the fact that I can do fuck all and ignore the day or be sad about the day being a non-event.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Wed 26-Sep-12 20:25:33

Xmas is at ours with my Mum, Aunt, Borother and sister coming - but they stay at a Premier Inn rather than with us. There will be 8 of us for a traditional day of church, lunch, telly, boardgames, and hopefully a wonderful Downton Xmas special

New Year at friends, kids (24 and 22) will be doing their own thing.

First year I will be cooking xmas dinner. First xmas without my estranged family too sad But Im also having a baby in Nov smile

So we will open santa presents, go to pils for a while to exchange gifts, then DD is going to her dad. And DP, DC2 and me will have dinner at home and be lazy. I will be able to have a whole bottle little bit of wine grin

It would be perfect if DD could stay all day. But cant help that!

PeppermintLatte Wed 26-Sep-12 23:46:39

amothersplaceisinthewrong your christmas day sounds perfect.

i am all panicky over how i'll spend it this year. i LOVE christmas, i'm known for it, and i will have moved into my dream house by end november. ideally i wanted all the family to me but most of them are going to my aunts. i love my aunt dearly, but i don't want to have the saltiest dinner on the planet on my knee in her small house (i do this most sundays!)

i know the inlaws are coming for a champagne breakfast, and then i think me, DD, DP, DM, my cousin and her kids are going out to lunch. DP is pissed off with this as he'll be the only male. going to try and convince a male cousin or uncle to join us!

also i have to fit visiting my dad in. i'll be driving so there'll be no drinking for me in the day again this year angry i'm hoping to get a few people back to my lovely new home on christmas evening for an M&S buffet and loads of drink though, but failing that DP and i will put DD to bed and have the buffet, drink and christmas telly all to ourselves.

LadyLetch Thu 27-Sep-12 00:15:02

Same as we do every year...

Christmas Eve with friends. Parents pop over later on in the evening just before the children go to bed and share drinks and a little tree present (including new PJS).

Christmas morning at home, then on to my parents.

Every night over the Christmas week, we'll visit friends or have them come to see us.

One afternoon will be a trip to the panto (with my parents) followed by a family curry.

News Year Eve with friends, and another set of friends round on NY day..

Take down the tree (and collapse) on the 2nd!

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