We recently saw the movie “Four Christmases” with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon. And while the movie was just OK, the premise of the film is very familiar to many families.
In the movie, both sets of parents are divorced so they have to hit four Christmasses in one day. I call it The Divorce Christmas Shuffle.
I have many friends shuttling kids between divorced grandparents and also between divorced parents. You could be up to six Christamases if the parents are divorced as well.
A lot of our friends try to hit several of the grandparents before Christmas day. If you have the time off or can use the weekend before the holiday, this seems to save a lot of frustration and headache.
How do you handle visiting divorced grandparents or parents in your house? Do you celebrate the holiday ahead or after the real date? Do the kids think it’s fun to celebrate multiple times at multiple places or would they be just as happy with one? Could you arrange for everyone to get together or would that get ugly? Could the divorced grandparents be trusted together over dinner? What about divorced parents? Could you pull it off?
What are the secrets to a successful Divorce Christmas Shuffle?
NEWS TO NOTE: If you are on Facebook, we now have an AJC Momania Fan Page. You can share messages and photos there. Also there is an RSS feed of the blog under the News heading so you can check for the latest topic without leaving Facebook. Here’s the link http://www.facebook.com/pages/AJC-Momania/210922088338.We have some exclusive material on the AJC Momania Facebook page right now: my husband posted the kids’ photo with Santa from yesterday.
And speaking of Facebook, I have a friend having an epic battle between her Elves on the Shelf. She’s posting the photos on Facebook. I’m trying to get her permission to post them on the blog for you guys to see. They are soo funny! Keep checking back to see if I can get them up. She is very creative!