I tend to be a planner and so I've been thinking about our holiday schedule for more than a month now. I knew it would be challenging with five children from two families of origin, four sets of grandparents and all the extended family expectations at Christmastime. Add in extra school programs, teen trips and time to celebrate with our new, core blended family and it is proving almost impossible! But I'm muddling through, communicating with the ex, my new in-laws, my parents and putting things on the calendar ... because if I don't plan ahead, our schedule is going to be dictated by others. I don't want to have to get squeezed into everyone else's plans, I want to plan for a great holiday.
Have you started planning holiday gatherings? Do you travel? Invite others? Or just let things happen?