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Christmas Plans – Part 2

In my last post I shared how my ex- and I manage Christmas holidays…

Now, for Russell and his kids:

Russell and his ex-wife have a very set schedule that we rarely sway from.  They alternate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day every year with the following schedule:

Christmas Eve 5pm to noon on Christmas day (Parent #1)

Christmas Day noon to 8am the following day (Parent #2)

The week b/w Christmas and New Year’s (Parent #1)

Santa visits each home separately and there is very little, if any, coordination of gift planning.  Even with that, there are usually not too many duplicate gifts to deal with so that is helpful!  Russell plans a decadent Christmas meal each year and either has that for Christmas Eve dinner or for Christmas Day dinner.  One year dinner was lobster and steak – talk about yummy!  His brussel sprouts are to die for too!

Dedicated Dad:

His children participate in a church nativity scene each year on Christmas Eve and being the dedicated dad that he is, he always attends their play whether he has them for Christmas Eve or not.

Couple’s Christmas:

So, when do Russell and I exchange gifts and celebrate our Christmas together?  Based upon the different schedules we usually either have a little quiet time together on Christmas Eve or late on Christmas night.  Our first focus is on our children and families; whether that means we are separate with them or we are all together as LUCKY SEVEN FAMILY.  Regardless, we always find time to enjoy an hour or two of quiet time and celebrate together.

Lessons Learned:

Over the years, I’ve realized that putting pressure on ourselves to make our crazy lives “perfect” is NOT the goal.  Happiness and contentment is the goal; for us and for our children.  Thus, no matter when it is that we can bake cookies, open gifts, share a Christmas meal, we always make sure that everyone in LUCKY SEVEN FAMILY knows that our Christmas is about fun, love and gratitude.  It may take some extra planning but in the end we are building a strong family with ties that will last for many, many years.

It’s late, but Happy Holidays to all of you!! Hoping our experiences help you in making your experience positive ones!

 

 

The Holidays (or How to Keep Christmas from becoming Chaos!)

Christmas Eve dinner at our local Chinese buffet

Nerissa, Valentina (our awesome au pair from Germany), and the kids’ Dad (his girlfriend is taking the photo!)

It’s New Year’s Eve and I am finally getting my post about Christmas written!  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays to you all! No matter what you celebrate at this time of year, blended family life can be tough for parents and children alike.  Lucky Seven Family’s holiday schedule goes something like this:

Nerissa & her kids:  My ex- and I have an UN-written agreement that we will always stay in our home town for Christmas Eve and Christmas day.  Typically, one parent gets Christmas Eve and then we all meet up at the other parent’s home for Christmas Day.  We let Santa know each year which house he should deliver gifts to and lucky for us, he obliges!  Ho, Ho, Ho!! On Christmas morning we have breakfast together; typically sausage & cheese balls (yum!), egg casserole, and sweet rolls! We then share in the fun of watching the kids opening their Santa gifts and gifts from us.  The last couple of years we’ve each made vacation plans with the kids; last year Russell and I took the kids to our home in OBX and this year, my ex- took the kids to visit his family in St. Louis.  These family vacations are important to both of us so flexibility prevails! We have altered our schedules a bit and the parent that was not taking the kids on vacation was with the kids on both Christmas Eve and Christmas morning was celebrated at their home.  Here’s what is so great about our ability to do Christmas together — the kids see a healthy dynamic between everyone and feel the love from all of the adults in their lives.

Next post will be about Russell & his kids celebration plans!

For fun, here is our favorite sausage and cheese ball recipe (this is a favorite from my childhood when we would have Christmas breakfast with my mother’s family…)

Sausage & Cheese Balls:

3 cups Bisquick baking mix

1 lb. sausage (bulk – we like Jimmy Dean)

3-4 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded (shred cheese yourself, the pre-shredded cheeses tend to be too dry & use more the cheesier you like things!)

Mix all ingredients together (hint:  let the sausage & cheese come to room temp before you try to mix) & shape into 1 inch balls.

Preheat oven to 400F and bake for ~15 minutes.

ENJOY!!!