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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!!!