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Fun way to announce pregnancy on Christmas Day?

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curiousgeorgie Mon 05-Nov-12 16:08:38

If everything goes well, I should be having my 12 week scan on the 14th December, and so far DH and I have told no one we're expecting DC 2.. (Due to a history of early miscarriage)

This Christmas our two best friends, all my brothers and families, my grandparents and my aunt and uncle will all be going to my parents for Christmas so we thought it would be great to announce it then smile

But not sure how to do it... Any fun ideas?

Milliways Mon 05-Nov-12 16:21:47

Ask who has booked what Summer holiday as you are looking at babysitters for DC1 ?

Give them a new party game - guess the due date of DC2? This could be a random question in the middle of a fun quiz.

Theas18 Mon 05-Nov-12 16:23:34

In a cracker

anklebitersmum Mon 05-Nov-12 16:25:37

Give Granny-to-be and Great granny-to-be a disguised knitting pattern for baby booties (or similar), knitting needles and wool and have them open them at the same time grin

Marne Mon 05-Nov-12 16:26:09

Put the scan picture inside christmas crackers?

Ragwort Mon 05-Nov-12 16:27:29

Congratulations on your news; however I would be very wary of announcing it in public at Christmas. Can you be 100% sure that no one else has fertility issues/just lost a baby/been turned down for adoption/in mourning etc etc etc?

I remember someone publicly announcing a pregnancy and making a big thing about it, I knew that someone else in the room had recently had a miscarriage and was feeling (understandably) very fragile about it - as you will know yourself. It made for a really awkward atmosphere - no one knew whether to congratulate the person who had made the announcement or sympathise with the other person. sad.

Anyway, its probably me being a party pooper as personally I don't much like big, personal announcements grin.

GrimAndHumourless Mon 05-Nov-12 16:27:46

actually, I wouldn't because you'll be making Christmas all about you you you IYSWIM

congratulations on your pg, awww, a new baby

PurplePidjin Mon 05-Nov-12 16:28:02

I was 12+1 on my Gran's 91st birthday - this will be her first great grand child, and I'm the only grand child in the country. Unfortunately, i hadn't had my scan before the birthday...

I bought a Happy Birthday Great Granny card and signed it Pidj, DP and Sprout. I also bought a very tacky, clearly intended to have a baby pic in photo frame (think abc blocks, teddies, rocking horses) for her to unwrap. I then sat back and waited...

She was silent, like shock, for a full minute grin

Best moment of making someone happy ever

WitchesTit Mon 05-Nov-12 16:29:52

Congrats! I think its lovely announcing it on xmas day.

You could both dress up as mary and joseph, and enter the in-laws home astride a donkey?

PurplePidjin Mon 05-Nov-12 16:30:34

For my parents, i bought a gooseberry bush (keen gardeners) and told them to look out for storks around the beginning of December.

It does help that I'm the only one of child-bearing age on that side of the family!

PeggyCarter Mon 05-Nov-12 16:30:35

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RightUpMyRue Mon 05-Nov-12 16:34:06

Georgie!!!! Congratulations grin grin grin

I'm so pleased for you!

Lovely idea announcing at Christmas and the perfect opportunity with everyone being there.

You could copy the scan pic and put it in an envelope and make sure everyone opens theirs at the same time?

In case you don't remember me we were on lots of conception threads together....I'm 18 weeks, nearly 19 smile

lisaro Mon 05-Nov-12 16:34:17

Sorry, I just wouldn't, unless you are 100% sure that everybody else will be as excited as you. I don't mean to sound harsh, but while people will be pleased, hijacking Christmas for a second (or any) child is a bit OTT.

NigellaTufnel Mon 05-Nov-12 16:34:17

Oh God, it's a terrible idea.

I know that it's very important to you, but not to anyone else. If my DH's Brother's wife announced that in the Christmas day after my miscarriage I would have been devastated.

And it's very tacky to do it in a jokey way

FeersumEndjinn Mon 05-Nov-12 16:36:52

We waited till grandma-to-be was watching the Christmas service on TV, and interjected "on that subject, something very similar happened to us" in the bit where the angel was telling Mary she was going to have a baby.

NigellaTufnel Mon 05-Nov-12 16:37:54

Jesus wept...

SecretCermonials Mon 05-Nov-12 16:39:50

I personally think its a nice idea grin I had fertility issues conceiving both of mine (currently 31+2 with DC2), lost babies and generally had a bit of a shit time with conception and can still say that if a member of my own family or a friend whom i clearly loved had announced that news, I would have been happy for them.

If you want to be subtle then maybe a we will need another chair next year, or if not so subtle photo's as gifts. smile

Narked Mon 05-Nov-12 16:43:26

One of my SILs did this at a family party. I spent the rest of the party handing tissues to the non-pregnant one whilst she cried in the toilets.

EuroShagmore Mon 05-Nov-12 16:46:00

Hmmm, I really wouldn't. Your pregnancy is an amazing thing to you but other people might not be as entralled. And as others have said, it would be awful if anyone else there has suffered a recent miscarriage or something.

SecretCermonials Mon 05-Nov-12 16:46:44

Tbh though if someone is going to be jealous or sad surely they will feel that way regardless. I get that we should all be as sensitive as possible but you cant mitigate for everyones feelings all of the time, and you cant feel ashamed of your happiness just because others aren't so happy.. I certainly never wanted anyone to feel that way on my account.

PurplePidjin Mon 05-Nov-12 16:47:52

Surely it's only "hi jacking the entire day" if you insist on talking only about the baby for the next 12 hours hmm

In my case, we had a lovely moment of congratulation at present opening time, then we had some wine and some food and some conversations. You know, like rational, mature adults.

SecretCermonials Mon 05-Nov-12 16:48:03

Also the OP didnt ask if it was a good idea, just ways of doing it

Narked Mon 05-Nov-12 16:53:33

'If someone is going to be jealous or sad surely they will feel that way regardless'

Yes. But if you find out over the phone you can go and cry in private and put on a big smile when you next see them. If you find out at a family gathering you're stuck there.

OpenMindedSceptic Mon 05-Nov-12 16:54:52

georgie and rue congratulations to both of you!!!! I remember you from the ttc threads (i'm 22w)

SecretCermonials Mon 05-Nov-12 16:56:40

narked I do agree, but the OP has made it clear that getting everyone together is rare. Also OP didn't ask why she shouldn't do it. I would say its fair to say that its unlikely anyone is likely to be upset.

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