When I was growing up we lived a long way from our grandparents. Every year we made the 350 mile trip to spend this holiday with my Dad’s parents. It was always a big deal to go. I am the oldest grandchild and I was the only girl for ten years. It was great!
My grandfather was my only living grandfather since my Mom’s father had passed away several years before. So my paternal grandfather always said we were two of a kind. That meant I got to sit upstairs with the adults while all the bratty boys were banished to the basement. How great is that? Things have changed since then.
Since my kids were young, we’ve lived a long way from their grandparents. That means we’ve pretty much done Thanksgiving and Christmas with just our immediate family. We almost always have an extra or two because there is always someone who doesn’t have family near. They become part of ours for a while.
Over the years we’ve added a few members to the family. Some are the grandkids, of course, and some are attached to our kids. In other words, their significant others. Some have come and gone, but ours is still the house everyone comes to. I have a feeling it won’t stop any time soon.
This year is no different. I already know of one extra we will have. A friend of my son’s does not have family here so he will be sharing our table too. I hope it doesn’t scare him too much as our family can be rather loud and rambunctious. I know my SIL is always uncomfortable with it. Oh well!
So what are the plans at your house this year? Will you spend it with all your family? Or do you only have your immediate family there? Do you have a job that requires that you work on those days? Let’s hear what you are doing.