Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Visits


I met The Doctor while we were at university. Ever since then, travel and visits have been a big part of our Christmas! For the first few years, we'd go back to our own homes for Christmas itself, then travel to spend some time at each other's houses. Then we got married, and we would spend Christmas with The Mother then go on to The Mother-in-Law and The Father-in-Law for New Year, or vice versa, year and year about. This still continued after The Boy was born.


When The Girl came along, it became too complicated to get two small children, all their paraphernalia, AND their Christmas presents, into one small car! For her first Christmas we invited both sets of parents to come to stay with us instead. Yes, it was very busy, a bit cramped, and slightly stressful, but I really enjoyed 'playing hostess', cooking Christmas dinner, and especially just being in our own home.


Since then, we've always spent Christmas Day itself at home. Sometimes we've had The Mother or The In-Laws to visit, sometimes we've travelled to visit them for a few days some time during the Christmas period. Now that The Mother lives near us she comes to us for Christmas Day, and if The In-Laws aren't visiting us that year we go to them for a few days just before or just after. It's much easier now!

12 comments:

Photographing Mom said...

Awesome page, Mel! I'm hoping to get "caught up" today.

Liberty :) said...

great page again mel - how are you managing to keep up? are you doing them in advance?

Ruth said...

There's a lot to be said for staying at home! Lovely page ~ great use of the map & ticket. x

Linda said...

So clever with your JYC pages. Love your idea of taking a tradition and talking about it each day. Such great memories.

Kirsty.a said...

I love how you have adapted the sketch wth the ticket and tag

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love your post today. We usually head to Southern California for the actual holiday.
Rinda

JO SOWERBY said...

ah yes i remember being a little girl being ferried from grandparent to grandparent. we did occassionally have xmas at our house but not if we were seeing rev and mrs rev. cos of church commitments.
now i live 6 miles away it's not so much of a complex issue,
Jo xxx

scrappyjacky said...

I much prefer being at home for xmas....that's not to say the Caribbean doesn't sound very appealing!!!

Rachel B said...

Great page Mel, I like the map for the background :)

Sian said...

This really struck a chord with me today. Many of our Christmases - and runup days too - have been spent on the road. My page for this - which I've been working on today - talks about how we travelled the brand new road for the first time on Sunday. We've been going the same way for so long now I could do it with my eyes shut; but it has changed completely with the new road. Strange experience.

Great page.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Great page!

We live too far away from my family to make a short visit really possible so we've mostly always been home with no problems about who to visit this year. It's nice but I do wish family was closer

Jimjams said...

Smashing page Mel - love the interesting layers and the story behind them. A bit like us in almost every respect too - I'm looking forward to the day when I can visit one of my kids on Christmas day ... that's a few years off though!