Realizing you have to split Christmas between your family and that of your partner can be quite a rude awakening, and quite the minefield too. Of course you want to make everybody happy, but this is not always possible. There are however a number of ways that you can choose to deal with this dilemma. If you’re completely stuck, keep reading for our breakdown of the five possible solutions to this issue.
Alternate Between Families Every Year
This is probably the simplest way to split Christmas, and the one we envision most couples going for. The most conflict free option, this ensures you share equal time with each family. Taking a year out from each one will also make you more excited to see them and have their traditions each time it is their turn! On off years you can make sure to arrange an alternative day during the festive season to spend time with each family to make sure everyone still feels in touch during the holidays.
Spend Christmas As Just the Two of You
Since you are now grown-ups, it could be time to shrug off the family Christmas traditions and start making your own. You can cook a gourmet meal together, or splash out on a Christmas meal from a fancy restaurant. You could even have your friends over for a boozy all friends Christmas!
Host Christmas Yourself
By hosting Christmas yourself you create the opportunity for both of your families to come together for the day. While this sounds like a lovely idea in theory, it does require a certain size home to pull off comfortably. Moreover, Christmas hosting is an expensive and stressful task. You definitely want to make sure you are ready for the undertaking before you commit to it.
Go On Holiday Instead
If the stress of familial pressure is all getting to be too much, why not just say f**k it and book a trip abroad instead. Imagine enjoying Christmas day from the comfort of a pool lounger instead of the sofa! Everyone should do this at least once in their lives, as it is a chance to experience Christmas from the perspective of another culture. The trip could double as your gifts to each other so you can really splash out.
Plan a Big Boxing Day Out
This one is a nice idea because it can be used in conjunction with any of the other ones in the list. If you know your split Christmas is going to ruffle some feathers no matter what you do, arrange a family get together on Boxing Day. This could be at a pub or restaurant and would provide a nice way for everyone to get together. It also means the festivities can be a bit extended which is always a plus in our book.