Do you have more than one of a holiday? Like once with one family and once with

@writersedge (22579)
United States
October 9, 2010 1:30am CST
another? Some people have a rough time because they have Thanksgiving with one side of the family and then with the other side of the family or more than one Christmas or more than one Halloween? We really don't have Halloween because no one comes to visit us. I have 3 Thanksgivings, but not all at the same time. September I have a religious harves/solstice one. October we have a church one that is the same weekend as the Canadian (my ancestor's) one and then the American November one. No wonder I'm fat! But some people have two families (married couples with his parents and her parents) and have to decide for Thanksgiving. Christmas is the one that most people have at least two of. We have my family (my brothers)and then my husband's family (his Mom and brother). That's usually a week a part. That's a challenge because I usually transport a cake because his brother was born a couple days before or after X-mas (I forget which one). The roughest Thanksgiving I ever had was when I was asked to work a couple hours at three different Developmentally Disabled households in one day. They just wanted me to do dishes, but they had me eat a little at each one, too. So now you're stuffed and washing dishes. Then I came home and my Mom (may she rest in peace)wanted me to eat a little bit and then wash dishes. That would have been Thanksgiving #4 and dishwashing #4. I told her that I would rinse the dishes so the dressing wouldn't turn into hardened glue, but I was done for the day. I would wash them in the morning and I did. Strangely enough, I had a great Thanksgiving the year we all said to heck with it and I just went for a walk. My husband worked in his woodshop. It was a beautiful really,really late fall. I gave thanks in my own way. So how about you? What multiple holiday do you have? Do you have any that you just don't have? How about going down memory lane, any near holidays that weren't or were, but very different from normal?
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• United States
10 Oct 10
My BF is a Christian and I'm Jewish, so in many ways it's made holidays a lot easier- he comes to my family for the Jewish holidays and I do Christmas/Easter with his family. Thanksgiving is harder because both of our families celebrate. We used to go to my families for an earlier dinner and then finish the evening with his family, or I'd go to my family, he'd stay with his and then I'd go back to his house when they were on round two. Now that my parents are divorced, I'd rather not be with them, so I guess I'm back to just one Turkey Day. I feel like with some of the Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashana, it was celebrated twice because of the first and second night and the different family members I saw then.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
10 Oct 10
Yes, different religions, makes for different days. I'm sorry your parents are divorced. They must miss you on Thanksgiving. My Family and my husband's Family both do Christian holidays. If we all did different days, it would help. That's why I think we wait a week on Christmas. Take care and thanks. Welcome to Mylot, I see you're at # 23. Hope you enjoy it here.
@foofermen (503)
9 Oct 10
In my family, we have always had what my parents call a "polish Christmas" I go to 3 or 4 Christmas' a year and 2 or 3 thanks givings'. It can be exhausting but is definitely worth it. We have some great cooks in our family and I have an addiction to holiday snacks like cookies and snack bars and chex mix...I am really hungry now lol
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
10 Oct 10
You have me beat on Christmases. About even on Thanksgivings. The most exhausting one I had was the work one. Sounds like you enjoy it and are happy. Take care.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
9 Oct 10
Christmas is the only holiday that gets duplicated in my family. We do this so that we can enjoy the holiday with different family members at different times.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
9 Oct 10
That's nice and you don't get as fat as me! Thanks for dropping by and take care.
@celticeagle (116655)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Oct 10
We only have Christmas twice. Once early in the morning my grandson gets up and opens present and then later we have it again when the other kids come over. The other holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving we usually just have dinner and not have every body over.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
10 Oct 10
That sounds less stressful, more ecconomical, too. The young kids do have to have their early AM Christmas, as we get older, we can have it later in the day. That made me smile. Take care and thanks.
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@celticeagle (116655)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Oct 10
Good! I like to make people smile.
@GardenGerty (95673)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Oct 10
Basically we just start celebrating mid November and keep on going through January. It is birthanksgivingChristmasNewYear all rolled into one. I do not remember doing the house to house thing. I do remember one time, before my kids were born, Hubby and I just went to a restaurant with a friend then went for a walk an visit along the beach. Thanksgiving is, however, my tip top celebration because I have so many family birthdays near then, including my own two kids. It is more about family than food, although the food is very good.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
9 Oct 10
Yeah, it is about family, but when you keep getting stuffed, your waistline starts to say it's about food! The ever-expanding food line.