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This Christmas. Better than last yr or worse?

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2kidsintow Thu 27-Dec-12 00:00:30

Happily mine was better.

The kids weren't up too early, thanks to the warning that 'if it isn't light, it is too early' after I got DD1 to look it up and found that dawn was 8.10 or something similar.

No arguments or grumps from DH who hates Christmas as a rule. He even agreed without fuss to dinner at my parents' house.

Kids well behaved at my parents and later at my sister's house.

Food nice.
Gifts well received.

Next year will be dinner at ours, so he will be v happy and the kids can relax a bit more, and everyone will come around to us for tea.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 27-Dec-12 01:01:51

We have Christmas at our house (just DH,DC and me) my parents are too far to travel (and my dad has this 'thing ' about being snowed in confused ) My parents don't really do Christmas anyway. (I'll see them later in the year)

My DC were well behaved. Liked their presents.
Dinner went well
(In our house it needs to be after it's dark and before Dr Who.)

Personally I got some niggly things out of the way (lost nearly a stone, had my smear test-after putting it off for months- and had some expensive but worth it dental work)

The world didn't end on 21st
I've still got money left for January.

And I used all my lovely Christmas crockery and kitchen ware that I buy and DH is hmm over.

But very sad that there was no snow (again)

SPsFanjoIsSantasLittleHoHoHo Thu 27-Dec-12 01:12:56

Bit of both.

Last year my son's dad and I had broken up a couple of weeks beforehand but not told anyone so had to pretend over Xmas.

This year was our first year of sharing our son. I woke with him Xmas day then he was at his dad's late Xmas afternoon and all boxing day.

I spent Xmas night home alone

PinkFairyTaleOfNewYork Thu 27-Dec-12 01:15:19


Although DS didn't sleep on Christmas Eve well around 4 hours when I am used to 12
But everything else was better, presents, company, drink, food.

fuzzpig Thu 27-Dec-12 10:32:32

It was better. DH has been on crutches the last 2 years and hasn't really enjoyed Xmas as he couldn't even sit down properly (back injury). But he had surgery this year and although still in a bit of pain it was much nicer for him.

DCs also much more excited as they are both old enough to understand a bit more. smile

PolkadotCircus Thu 27-Dec-12 10:48:31

Worse-twin 1 was violently sick all Xmas Eve until 3am,both twins upset SC hadn't been.1 was worried he was on the naughty boys list,the other was worried he wouldn't come as they were still awake so we moved the stockings downstairs.All fell asleep at 4am then all 3 woke at 6am.Dp and I gave up on the idea of sleep at that point.A huge glass of prosecco after a double espresso helped!

Latter end of Xmas day twin 2 gave in to a raging sore throat which rampaged all over Boxing Day.

Really sad as neither enjoyed either day much-dd in contrast was on a high and I felt bad she was trapped in the Xmas house of Calpol and vomit bowls!!!!

Bloody school -kids were dropping like flies at the end of term.Of all the nights to get a vomit bug!The year before last dd threw up as I pulled the turkey out of the oven!

MegaClutterSlut Thu 27-Dec-12 11:04:27

I would say worse only because DD was unwell and wasn't interested in food or her new toys sad she pretty much laid on the sofa most of the day

CremeEggThief Thu 27-Dec-12 11:13:27

Worse, as it was our first as just the two of us (DS and I). But I am proud that DS still managed to enjoy it, even though the stress of keeping it altogether is seriously affecting my stomach- I'm wondering if I've developed an ulcer sad.

slartybartfast Thu 27-Dec-12 11:21:13

much much better,

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Thu 27-Dec-12 11:23:54

Worse. First single xmas since i was 16. Really hard thinking about not having my family together anymore. First xmas ever where i haven't felt excited or festive.

To make matters worse i stupidly kissed ex, because i was feeling so utterly shite about the whole thing and now i feel a good 10 times worse sad

FestiveOrganisoid Thu 27-Dec-12 11:23:54

Better. Much much better

Crabbypink Thu 27-Dec-12 12:37:30

Pre-Christmas: way worse. I'm now head of the PTA. You can't get any worse than that.
Actual Christmas: much better. Just the four of us, excellent food and just a few well-chosen presents.
Looking forward to next Christmas' comparison.

Onezerozero Thu 27-Dec-12 12:41:02

Better. Enjoyed being at home, no big family get together pressure.

Definitely the way forward in future.

niceupthedance Thu 27-Dec-12 12:43:23

Better. DS had pneumonia last Christmas and I was at the hospital with him by myself. Year before at Christmas I was in hospital again, giving birth, so thankfully no hospitals this year.

blankenburg Thu 27-Dec-12 12:46:24

Worse as me,DH and DD1 all ill. Should have been better/special as was our first christmas in our new country/home. Hopefully next year will be better.

SingingSands Thu 27-Dec-12 12:50:06

Crabbypink - so am I. It ruined the start of December for me, my stress levels were through the roof!

Christmas Eve was exciting as everyone came down to ours, we had a great big buffet and kids went to bed late, excited, but straight to sleep!

Christmas Day - busy, as we were hosting. DH did a marvellous job in the kitchen, lunch was HUGE and everyone was very happy. Kids up until 1am then fell asleep on sofa with me when everyone went home. It was really lovely having family to visit us at Christmas (first time in 13 years!) so I'm hoping we can do it again next year!

Tragedies Thu 27-Dec-12 12:50:20

Christmas day the same - DD (18) and I as usual. Lots of lovely food, board games and films. We both really enjoyed it.

Boxing Day the best ever - DD was with out with her bf and I was invited out by friends, who have an extended family with some tensions and baggage etc but who get on, on the whole. We spent the afternoon in the open air with food, talking, laughs etc. I had a fantastic time. I thanked them but they will never know just how wonderful it was for me.

My own family is small (parents both dead and no brothers or sisters). I have two older DC from whom I am estranged. Otherwise there some much older cousins who are quiet and conservative and who don't go in for fun, although I am fond of them.

Even if I have awful Christmases for the res of my life (very unlikely) I will remember yesterday with such pleasure.

SlatternismyChristmasname Thu 27-Dec-12 14:21:56

Christmas was much better for me this year. Last year I wasn't well and only got out of hospital 3 days before Christmas and spent the actual day in a mood because the kids opened their presents too quickly (they were little and my expectations were too high).

This year I was a lot more chilled about the whole thing. We had less money but it made everyone put more thought into their present buying.

Definitely better all round.

D0G Thu 27-Dec-12 14:25:54

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MegBusset Thu 27-Dec-12 14:27:43

Worse, purely down to illness. Still enjoyable but in a low-key way. I'm itching to get out of the house now though.

IShallCallYouSquishy Thu 27-Dec-12 14:33:12

Better. It was our first Christmas with our beautiful 7 month old DD and I loved seeing her all happy playing with bits of wrapping paper and bows. Oh, and showing a slight bit of interest in her presents grin

Chottie Fri 28-Dec-12 08:55:15

It was lovely this year, DH and DD and I spent Christmas Day together. Very relaxed and chilled. We Skyped DS who lives abroad and Boxing Day was spent with DSis and her family. Youngest DN was ill and spent most of the day on the sofa, but he opened his presents after having a mega dose of Calpol.

I missed not seeing DS (4th Christmas without him}, but next year we are hoping he will be there grin

HokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Fri 28-Dec-12 08:57:22

Worse, just down to people's general shitness and lack of effort.

Jamdoughnutfiend Fri 28-Dec-12 09:01:17

Best christmas since my dad died 6 years ago - had a home to have christmas in, called the in-laws in NZ and promised we would be there next year with them, everyone got on well, mum was happy, brother and SIL not hungover to their teeth, DDs were adorable, everyone liked their presents, food was good - I felt really blessed this year.

HRMumness Fri 28-Dec-12 09:16:17

Better. Last year DH and I had an epic row because dinner took ages to cook and as I was 3 months pregnant, I was a bit hormonal and crazy hungry. It was just us two for Xmas so felt a bit sad.

This year, there was three of us, as we had 5 month old DD. Finally bought a decent tree. Skyped families back in Oz on the day. Had a much simpler Christmas dinner and just relaxed most of the day.

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