As you know, my parents spend their winters in Florida now. Since their first winter there, we have had our family “Christmas” the weekend before they leave. It may sound odd, but it works quite well for us – we get to have the big family gathering, we don’t all have to travel (expensively!) to Florida in December, it eliminates the “my folks or yours?” debate for all of us, etc. The first year, we had it Thanksgiving weekend, which is why we refer to it as Thanksmas. Last year, Mom and Dad went to Florida even earlier, so we had Thanksmas the first weekend in November. This year, “HallowThanksmas” is the last weekend in October – a few days before Halloween, even! No matter, we’ll have a great time anyway. (Though it will seem a little odd to have “Christmas” two weeks after it was 90 degrees here!) I wonder how long until we have Christmas in July!
I do have to say, though, that it’s hard to buy stocking stuffers for for 13 people in mid-October! (Each family brings one stocking stuffer for each person.) At least when I shop for stocking stuffers in December, there are TONS of little gifty things available, often all together. I spent about TWO HOURS at Target tonight just buying stocking stuffers.
But … I am very glad that we do Thanksmas. I’m grateful that we get to have the big holiday together, regardless of when we actually do it.
Anybody else have to “shift” the holidays? Maybe not in such an extreme way, of course …