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Humphrey The Pug

What are you all doing on Christmas day

So what is everyone up to, any fall outs yet, any dissapointed relatives, any guilt trips?

Last year we went away with my sister, this year we are home, 7 of us; us 4 and grandson, my mum and the mum in law (who will no doubt moan alot and bore us with videos of her other grandkids), I'm cooking, which I love to do.

In the evening a single friend is coming over with her 18 yo son (well he hasn't decided yet but I'm sure he will come).
BeN

Nothing. Nothing at all.

Bah humbug.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

We'll be missing dad :-(

Almost as soon as he went, my brother had invited my mum over for Christmas Day (but not my wife or I) so we were beaten with the offer for her to come to us, or to take her out.

Elder daughter is spending Christmas Day with her partner and his family in Nottingham.
Younger one's partner is working on Christmas Day until about 3pm (he's a chef in a restuarant that is doing Christmas lunches) then they will drive to us for a few days, so we will have our Christmas meal in the evening for the first time ever.  I shall probably have a microwave curry for Christmas lunch as a consequence; looking forward to that !
TreVoR

Pub. Job done.
Martin

We don't have the kids on Christmas Day this year, so it will just be the two of us.  We did talk about going out, but Lindsay wants to cook, which is fine by me.  We're going over to MK on Christmas Eve to spend some time with Lindsays brother and his family, 2 x kids 5 and under = lots of excitement!  Fairly early start on Boxing Day, as we'll be going down to Swindon to collect the boys then heading up to Cheshire for a couple of days with my parents and my sister / nephews.

No holiday left, so I'm only taking the Bank Holidays this year.
JohnC

We are going out on Christmas day - 13 or 14 of us. It's then back to my sister in laws for more nibbles, games and present opening. She is a fantastic host(ess) who is a great cook and organiser so it will be fun all the way with our 13 yr old and my niece and nephew who are 8 and 6.

It's a drink free day for me with a trip in the morning to pick up my Mum and the 50 mile return trip again in the evening. Empty roads make it fun.

We will see my Manchester brother at some point between Christmas and New Year but my Kent based brother is having a month in USA with his American wife and her family.

New Year, we are going up to St Andrews as usual for a couple of days.
Humphrey The Pug

TreVoR wrote:
Pub. Job done.


We toyed with that and it is a very appealing option and one that I would like to do at some point,  however the only pub in walking distance, which is also the only pub in the area that would produce decent food, are asking £75 a head, so the 3 of us would be £225 plus a tip, plus booze, you are looking at a shit load of money, plus the eldest would feign poverty so we would likely end up coughing up for her too; even more money.
PG

Due to our heads / flu / coughs we've cancelled our Christmas visitors, so it's just the two of us. We'll have steak for lunch.
TreVoR

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
TreVoR wrote:
Pub. Job done.


We toyed with that and it is a very appealing option and one that I would like to do at some point,  however the only pub in walking distance, which is also the only pub in the area that would produce decent food, are asking £75 a head, so the 3 of us would be £225 plus a tip, plus booze, you are looking at a shit load of money, plus the eldest would feign poverty so we would likely end up coughing up for her too; even more money.


It does get expensive if there are a few of of you.  There are only the two of us so the economies of scale mean it is a lot more economical in terms of both money and time/effort to walk down and stagger back.  
scamper

Up to the inlaws which should be good fun, if manic. Everyone was invited down to ours for 3 days (7 of them!)My only stipulation the whole year is we have Xmas eve and morning just with our  kids. However, everyone invited themselves down Xmas eve instead of the two hour or less drive Xmas morning as this apparently is too much effort. Three nights and days of entertaining would be hard work (and expensive) plus with our three nippers to look after. Got to stage they were not coming unless they could come down Xmas eve!  I dug my heals in and the ironic thing is we are driving up (with three little ones) and the mil tried but failed to stipulate when we should arrive Xmas morning which would mean little Xmas morning time with kids. I'm annoyed still.
Frank Bullitt

Christmas morning will be the three of us, we then drove to Solihull for Christmas dinner and Boxing Day at my sister-in-laws; it was nearly off as she had a Barney with her sister but that's all sorted.

I've taken tomorrow off, am working between Christmas and New Year and have the Tuesday and Wednesday after new year off
scamper

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Christmas morning will be the three of us, we then drove to Solihull for Christmas dinner and Boxing Day at my sister-in-laws; it was nearly off as she had a Barney with her sister but that's all sorted.

I've taken tomorrow off, am working between Christmas and New Year and have the Tuesday and Wednesday after new year off


My sister in law is from Solihull! You got off lightly with 24hrs or so!
Roadrunner

Over to my brother's place, with my mother as well. There will be far to much food and drink, with venison on the menu this year. Part of the afternoon will be spent attending to the livestock on the farm and I am hoping there will be a Chrismas day new born calf to deliver, which is always a good thing (and a good way to sober up, in a freezing cold cow shed with one arm up the back end of a cow...).
Nice Guy Eddie

Just back from a few days in Vienna with the missus. Fabulous Christmas markets and decent food, lovely architecture, snow and decent hotels, recommended.

Back now doing last minute shopping, pub tonight, friends round on the 23rd, Mrs Eds family round on Chrsitmas eve, down to my dads in West Wittering on Chrstmas day, Boxing day I think we're at the outlaws and then Rugby at Twickenham on the 27th then back to work.
gonnabuildabuggy

Mother in laws with all the in laws and my Mum.

A compromise but one we instigated as then the kids get time with their cousins and we also get to see my Mum over Xmas too.

Ageing parents and kids means this or next year might be the last time this format is possible.
Grampa

At home - we've done this every year since the kids were small and it was just too much hassle trying to spread ourselves round everyone - so for the last 20 years or so we're at home with anyone who wants to joining us for lunch - this year there will be no inlaws but both daughters and families.

My mum always likes to gather her family round her so we all (my two brothers and one sister plus families) go to her place for Christmas Eve lunch - even more important to her since Dad died 7 years ago, but it's getting a bit of a tight squeeze now that it's grown from eight visitors to 25!
scamper

Agree, we won't be back home from our travels until the 30th so  next year, we will be at home but putting a limit on visiting times!
Tim

Heading to see my Dad at the care home in the morning, my mum is going across late morning and will stay for lunch. We'll leave when they go for lunch and will be going to the inlaws.
My bro-in-law will be there with his partner and new baby.
In the evening we'll head home and call in to see my mum on the way past.
Big Blue

Now at the in-laws having stayed in Bratislava last night and been to do Christmas market this morning.

Usual stuff on 24th involving carp and religion; 25th is the day all kinds of family come round. Back to England on 3rd Jan for work on 4th. Issued an OJEU call on 19th Dec so better keep my eye on the Blackberry for queries.
Twelfth Monkey

Home all morning with kids and mutts, then go to see dad after lunch for what will no doubt be a difficult Christmas.  He wants to be on his own for much of the day despite several offers from different people so we'll reluctantly respect his wishes.  Home (for a doze I suspect), inlaws for the evening, back in time to crash out in front of a film and have a few drinks.  And so to bed.
Bob Sacamano

Busy few days lined up. Going up to Morpeth tomorrow for a party with friends, staying over, and then up Alnwick way to catch up with my sister-in-law and her husband who are over from China, stopping at mother-in-law's.
Boxing Day comp at the Golf Club with drinks after and then on the 27th all day party at our house, neighbours, friends etc.
simonp

Sleeping, dog walk then off to work.
Boxer6

We were through in Edinburgh for the day today and collected my daughter while we were at it. Spent a fortune in Harvey Nicks' sushi bar, then home.

(Herself and R are currently arguing about what's to go on the christmas tree - I have zero interest, so am sitting watching the Masterchef final and salivating!)

Christmas day will be walking the dogs at the later time of 06:30, followed by some "me" time before Herself gets back from the stables and R deigns to make an appearance. R's boyfriend (of FIVE+ years - wtf happened there?) is coming over to collect her about lunchtime to go to his parents, leaving us to enjoy some (hopefully lovely) roast lamb and all the trimmings.

Actually looking forward to it now.
Stuntman

Driving over to my Mum's on Christmas morning, armed with wine and spirits.  Driving back home at least 2 days later!
Michael

My plans of doing bugger-all were thwarted when we somehow agreed to go to my parents for the meal. So we will be doing that then coming back here, taking the dogs for a nice walk and then doing bugger-all. The outlaws are due for new year unless they get sick of their son-in-laws family who have invited themselves along to their other daughters for Christmas.
Roadsterstu

Finished for xmas today so, having saved some of my bank holidays for the festive period (we have to nominate where we want our bank holidays to be), had boxing day off cancelled but yesterday miraculously had it reinstated, my plans are thus:

Xmas Eve out for a meal - booked as we had to cancel boxing day out for a meal.
Xmas day at home. Big breakfast, presents, maybe the pub and then xmas dinner in the evening. (Hopefully Evan won't have a seizure this year!)

Boxing Day will be a lazy unplanned day. Weather depending there might be a dog walk.

Off 27th, in work 28th to 31st. After work on 31st it's off to my folks' for a "do".
canadian bacon

having a fry up for breakfast then a bunch of friends are coming over after lunch for some games/drinking/eating/having fun, the best bit being they are jewish, so the whole christmas thing is new to them!

Happy Christmas one and all!!
gooner

At home briefly on the morning then going to the wife's grandmother who is having her first Christmas alone since losing her husband a few months back. My father-in-law has deigned only to invite her round for cottage pie on Boxing Day. She's in such a foul mood about it she doesn't really want us visiting but we don't think it's right that she sees no one and I reckon she'll appreciate it really. So that'll be fun. Then it's off to the in laws for Christmas lunch where I'll spend the afternoon drinking wine and dozing off far too big a portion of Christmas pud and way too many lashings of brandy butter. Good job the wife can drive us home!
Big Blue

Stuntman wrote:
Driving over to my Mum's on Christmas morning, armed with wine and spirits.  Driving back home at least 2 days later!


Driving on Christmas Day is one of life's small pleasures. Empty roads and usually no one whinging as the Tacho whips round to the red line.

Enjoy.
Stuntman

Definitely!  Will be driving over in the silver Porsche and driving home in the blue one.  
Nelson

I have one very excited 7 year old daughter who cannot wait to see if Santa has been, so the morning will be spent with my wife and daughter and then midday off locally to my sis-in-laws for lunch with her and her family and mother-in-law, before coming home and entertaining my parents who are joining us at our home for the first ever time on Christmas Day (we have always gone to them previously) for evening dinner and drink.

May I take this opportunity to wish one and all and their families a very Merry Christmas, may you all have a happy day and safe journeys for all those venturing away
Stuntman

And the same to you, old chap.  Have a great time and I hope your 7 year old enjoys herself even more!
Roadsterstu

Stuntman wrote:
Definitely!  Will be driving over in the silver Porsche and driving home in the blue one.  


Ooh get you, Mr Two Porsches  


To all, have a safe and happy Christmas. Enjoy yourselves  
BeN

Have a Merry Christmas everyone.
Twelfth Monkey

Roadsterstu wrote:
Stuntman wrote:
Definitely!  Will be driving over in the silver Porsche and driving home in the blue one.  


Ooh get you, Mr Two Porsches  


To all, have a safe and happy Christmas. Enjoy yourselves  


Yep, you need a bumper sticker:

'My other car is also a Porsche.  And my other other car is an M3.'

Racing Teatray

We are down in Italy with my in-laws. They are divorced and we are staying at my father-in-law's down by the beach. So tonight we are off to a big family dinner with my mother-in-law's side of the family in town. Then tomorrow we have Christmas lunch here at my FiL's house. Here until 29th and then drive up to Bormio in the Italian Alps for New Year with friends.
PhilD

Big Blue wrote:


Driving on Christmas Day is one of life's small pleasures. .


Isn't it just! This was actually last year but exactly the same thing just happened. Happy Christmas you orrible lot from the Ds!


canadian bacon

I just drove to a restaurant to get potato latkes, the whole journey would normally take an hour, today it took 1/2 that time, as making progress was possible, ducking in an out of traffic (sunday bloody drivers).

I have 2 Porsches now....




all of 8 quid each, with working lights to boot! (The wife was very impressed....)

Happy Christmas everyone.
Roadsterstu

Roadsterstu wrote:
(Hopefully Evan won't have a seizure this year!)


Only went and had a seizure. Just as we were sitting down for xmas dinner. Almost exactly the same as last year! Christmas is banned in our house from now on.

Thankfully he is fine.
TreVoR

That's shit, glad he is OK. Excitement a trigger perhaps?
Martin

That is shit, but good to hear that he's OK.
Frank Bullitt

TreVoR wrote:
That's shit, glad he is OK. Excitement a trigger perhaps?


Just what I was thinking - glad he is okay now. Quite how to avoid this on Christmas Day, mind, is a challenge.
Humphrey The Pug

Sorry to hear about your little one Stu, glad he is ok.

Well we had a great day, as did Daisy, who had, had enough by midnight:



We hardly saw Barry; he hates it when things are "different" so spent most of the evening either in his bed under the stairs or upstairs on our bed, he is very much a creature of habit and liking everything "just so".

it is all over too quick though.
JohnC

Roadsterstu wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
(Hopefully Evan won't have a seizure this year!)


Only went and had a seizure. Just as we were sitting down for xmas dinner. Almost exactly the same as last year! Christmas is banned in our house from now on.

Thankfully he is fine.


Glad he is OK. Can I ask if he was playing video games?
I have a bit of experience of this and playing video games for long periods (more than about an hour) can trigger seizures in some people, as can stress or over excitement.
Big Blue

Well our 25th was exciting (bear in mind our Christmas is over by then). W2.0 had a massive set-to with her 2 sisters and I have booked flights home a week early so we actually relax before returning to work.

On the plus side we'll be spending longer in the spring and summer with my mum. Well, I will no matter what: I gave up arguing with siblings in adolescence.
Frank Bullitt

A massive barney at Crimbo, that's the spirit!  Ours was very tame despite the capacity for it to go completely wrong - back to work tomorrow though (well for me in any case)
Roadsterstu

JohnC wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
(Hopefully Evan won't have a seizure this year!)


Only went and had a seizure. Just as we were sitting down for xmas dinner. Almost exactly the same as last year! Christmas is banned in our house from now on.

Thankfully he is fine.


Glad he is OK. Can I ask if he was playing video games?
I have a bit of experience of this and playing video games for long periods (more than about an hour) can trigger seizures in some people, as can stress or over excitement.


Interesting. I can see a potential link. He was on his new Xbox but nothing too much in the way of flashing images. The excitement but is a common trigger in children, certainly.

It is something we are all still learning about.  It's scary, frustrating and you feel so sorry for the little chap when it happens.

Thanks for the kind wishes.
Twelfth Monkey

PhilD wrote:



Happy camper in the back seat there!

Stu, sorry to hear about this.  Time to kill off the Santa myth and make Christmas miserable!
JohnC

My wife has epilepsy, now thankfully fully controlled and we haven't had a seizure for about 7 years.

Her first seizure was after we had been playing a bit too much on the PS2. She then went on to about a year of trying different drugs and doses but almost without fail, every time she played video games, she started to feel funny.

We stopped playing video games but there was more than enough correlation for us to be convinced it had an impact. We mentioned it to the specialist who wasn't really prepared to commit to anything but did say that TV's (We are going back about 9 years, so older ones I suppose) do flicker at high speed and the concentrated viewing when playing games could possibly have an effect.
Roadsterstu

I'm usually very mindful of him watching TV or using his tablet in a dark room for just that reason so perhaps we will monitor the Xbox use even more closely. Not that it won't be suitably restricted anyway. Glad your wife has been seizure free for so long.

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