When I announced this new series a few weeks ago, I had many ask for me to talk about how Simeon and I divide up the holidays.
Holidays are always a hard discussion to have. We've spent our entire lives (until our significant other walks into our lives) with only having to worry about seeing our own family on the holidays, which as a child of a divorced family was enough to handle. But event hat was court decided so I didn't have to worry about hurting anyone's feelings when I didn't spend a holiday with them, it was figured out beforehand and out of my control. Even when I start college, my holidays were pretty decided by my days off of school. If my siblings had to leave for my dad's the day of one of my exams, I obviously couldn't go. I would spend it with my mom and if She was with my stepdad's family, I would spend it wtih Simeon's family. Pretty easy.
But then came the year the Simeon and I were engaged and we started trying to coordinate holiday family visits. With only two family's to please, I think we could have come up wtih a fun and easy schedule. But with my family already being two parts, we had to find a way to divide two major holidays into threes. As if that wouldn't have been difficult enough, my family is pretty spread out! My parents also like to visit my grandparents for major holidays: one set of grandparents lives in Colorado while another lives in Illinois, and Simeon's family usually stays in South Dakota.
What we've usually decided to do is to divide up one holiday while spending the other traveling.
Two years ago, we traveled to Illinois for Thanksgiving with my Dad and then spent Christmas divided up with Mom one day and the Gilbert's the other. This past year, we were actually able to stay in South Dakota for the majority of the holidays. My grandparents came out for Thanksgiving, and then we divided Christmas up with my mom and Simeon's parents again.
This next year is the year I think if going to be the hardest! We will have moved to . . .somewhere and won't have a giant traveling budget after a year of traveling to different towns to tour schools and find apartments and then actually making the move. We will have only been settled in a few months when Thanksgiving hits and then Christmas is right after that.
How do you split up the holidays?
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