Three Guests for Christmas Dinner Turns into Nine!

United States
December 22, 2009 5:56pm CST
We thought the house would be very quiet this Christmas. With 3 of my children not being able to be with us this Christmas would certainly be different. My eldest daughter, her fiance, and his mother are coming to dinner. It was to be a small and quiet affair. Then to my surprise, my husband invited my brother, his wife and my niece, my nephew, his wife, and my great-niece! Having only planned for a few people, I only had a small ham for our meal. Now I have to purchase 2 chickens to roast and a few other items. The guests will bring something with them to share with the meal. I will be making most of the food, including dessert. Although I hadn't planned for a large gathering, I know it will be a warm and wonderful time. Blessings and best wishes to everyone for a joyous Christmas filled with love and happiness. Big huggers too!
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@rosepedal64 (4191)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Oh wow That sounds like you might be in a little delema there. I know if more showed up or if more announced that they would be coming I would probably pull my out...LOL I have already got my planned out and hope things don't happen like you explain. Good luck dear. Keep smiling.
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• United States
23 Dec 09
I was dumbfounded when my hubby told me that he invited extra. But, I love the idea of having a bunch of people around. It will lift my spirits higher.
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• United States
23 Dec 09
Butterfly I am having my family dinner today. So far so good. I don't think there is any extra coming that I am aware. Im fixing a little just in case. Have a good day and keep smiling.
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• United States
30 Dec 09
Hope your dinner went well.
@ruchimom (280)
• Australia
23 Dec 09
Hi there I am sure you will ahve a wonderful time as the same has happened with us.We were not planning abig gathereing as my husband will be working on Chrsitmas Day,But we are expecting a few more guests than expected ,And i am sure that the number will goon. So I am about to go Shopping
@GardenGerty (130433)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Shopping is the name of the game these next two days. I will see you out there. Have fun.
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• United States
23 Dec 09
I will be hitting the stores on the 24th after I get out of work. Gotta fill the stockings!
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• United States
23 Dec 09
I know that Christmas will be quiet this year. It will only be my husband, the three cats and I. I am also making a ham, green beans and baked potatoes. For dessert I will be making a chocolate peanut butter pie. For Cristmas Eve we will be going over to my husband's cousins house. My cousin called me earlier and asked me to bring ginger bread cookies and sugar cookies. I had already planned on making fudge, but now that I think about it between my husband and his cousin it will be gone before anyone else gets a chance to eat it. (It was my husband's mother's recipe) and every Christmas she made it.
• United States
30 Dec 09
Our 3 cats did a lot of hiding. Two of them came out after a while. One stayed hidden the entire time!
• United States
2 Jan 10
My two female cats hide, but my male cat Smyles loves people. As a matter of fact the other day our friends came up to surprise us and Smyles jumped into his arms. Smyles is the type of cat who would invite a total stranger into the house and would kiss them and hug them. Smyles has a personality all of his own.
@squaretile (3831)
• Singapore
23 Dec 09
wow sounds like a lovely surprise! blessings for the season and may your christmas be filled with warm laughter and family togetherness as you gather to celebrate this special day.
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• United States
30 Dec 09
Thank you....it was truly a great day.
@Thoroughrob (11747)
• United States
23 Dec 09
It sounds like you will be changing your plans a bit. I hope it makes things very joyous for you. You deserve it. Try not to overwork yourself too much. Merry Christmas.
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• United States
30 Dec 09
We had a great time! I love to cook big so it didn't bother me. I was tired at the days end though!
@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
23 Dec 09
I know the feelking of unexpected guests. I guess if you are given enough warning to get to the shops before they close for Christmas or run oput of certain food items, it doesnt matter so much. When I was with my ex hubby, I would often have up to ten to prepare for. Like you, I did most of the cooking, but guests would bring a salad or desert. The only problem we had was that my brotherinlaws family (2 adults, 2 teenagers) would turn up with very little, but eat like they were starving. This got to be really annoying and another sister in law stopped talking to them for a year over it. Still, I dont have that problem now. Have a great Christmas.
• United States
23 Dec 09
I no doubt will have a good day. Having extra people around will fill the void of not having all of my children and grandchildren with me this year. Have a wonderful Christmas!
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@GardenGerty (130433)
• United States
23 Dec 09
How generous of your husband to include the others as well. I am glad they will bring food to share. That is how we always do family dinners. Have a wonderful day and Merry Christmas to you.
• United States
23 Dec 09
Hubby will do his fair share too. He prepares the vegetables and loads the dishwasher! Merry Christmas to you too.
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@jillhill (37374)
• United States
23 Dec 09
That sounds like fun! I know it's alot of work but having company to share with you the holidays.......well that's what it's all about! Hope you have a fun time! And don't eat too much!
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• United States
23 Dec 09
It is a lot of work. Hubby commented on how much work it will be! I think he forgot that he was the one that invited the extra people!
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@Shaun72 (15965)
• Palatka, Florida
23 Dec 09
That is a lot of family. It sounds like a good dinner. I hope you and your family have a great get together.Merry Christmas to you.
• United States
23 Dec 09
Thank you Shaun72. It will be a wonderful day. Blessings to you.
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
29 Dec 09
I am glad that you got it sorted and had a lovely time It is awful when that happens lol but it has happened to me before to and I managed it to was not easy but I got there in the end Hugs to you
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• United States
30 Dec 09
I just let it run off me like rain. Then I did what I do best....cook. Big huggers to you too.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
24 Dec 09
I hope y'all have a very nice time. merry christmas to all of u.
• United States
30 Dec 09
Thanks Antiquelady...we had a glorious time!
@venshida (4837)
• United States
24 Dec 09
I love the big gathering. I have never had a small gathering. It seems this year I am doing all the cooking to. I have not even purchase the cornish hens yet, but I plan to buy early this morning. I will just wake up really early Christmas morning and cook.
• United States
30 Dec 09
I didn't start cooking until 1:00. Everything went according to plan. Great time!
@cynthiann (18609)
• Jamaica
23 Dec 09
Have a wonderful family Christmas together.
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• United States
30 Dec 09
It was great. I know that you also had a good time from reading your post. Karaoke is so much fun!
@TrvlArrngr (4051)
• United States
23 Dec 09
You are truly blessed! The gift of friends and family - what more can you ask for! I love it.
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• United States
30 Dec 09
Thank you....I am blessed. Love my family and friends. There is nothing better.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Wow! Triple the number you originally thought. That is kind of a nice number. With everyone bringing something, that will be nice, too. Have a joyous Christmas, too. Take care love and happiness to you, too.
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• United States
30 Dec 09
Even though I did most of the food preparation it was still a great time. We had lots of left overs so we will not go hungry for the next week.
@terrile (97)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Unexpected company can be a bit of a strain. If they are like my family though they are there for the fellowship, not the food. Take a deep breath and exhale it will all be fine and you will have terrific memories. The more the merrier is not just a cliche.
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• United States
30 Dec 09
We had an absolute blast. Everyone enjoyed each others company. The food came out great. Can't wait to do it again!
@happy6162 (3009)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Ours is different we were to have about nine and now there will only be 6 of us but I know we will still have a great time and it sound like you will also be having fun.
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• United States
30 Dec 09
There is always room at my table for more. And if there isn't enough chairs, they will dine in the living room!
@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
23 Dec 09
My daughter is having Christmas at her house, since she has plenty of room for both her family AND her husband's. Tonight she called since her sister, my daughter, informed her that the ham and turkey that she is giving for dinner WILL NOT BE COOKED BY HER. She expects the daughter hosting to cook her ham and turkey, even though she was informed that she already had one of each of her own that were being prepared at HER house already. The second daughter's concern is that she has an electric oven AND having to transport it to the second house along with 3 children. (no one is feeling sorry for her....) The third daughter then called about something else entirely, and I was told that she is in on the conversation and entirely NEW things came up about going to the first daughter's house. I don't remember ever having all this drama when we did Christmas with my siblings and I don't want to be in the middle of it, but I find that I am even though I will NEVER be the peace keeper SO........I will be preparing both a ham and a turkey, besides whatever dish the hosting daughter does NOT get from all who are attending, since I told her to let me know when she has heard from everyone else. It was so much easier when the kids were younger and my place wasn't too small and I just did it all myself and they brought a couple things a piece!!
• United States
30 Dec 09
A few years ago we tried to hold the dinner at the home of one of my children. It was a circus. I only want to have the dinner at my house. It is easier and actually it is much more festive and everyone agrees.
23 Dec 09
christmas dinner yummi
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@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
28 Dec 09
I hope you enjoyed the company and food! It seems that it's getting increasingly more difficult to get everyone together from year to year, and forget about getting everyone together on either the 24th or 25th...