Originally Posted by dashley111
We only thought as far as Thanksgiving- which we opted out of organizing/bringing anything too. Both of our families live in the same town as us, and since Im due 2 days after Thanksgiving...I guess it really depends on what happens. If Im still pregnant we will make our rounds, if I have just had a baby we told our families they are more than welcome to stop by for a short minute and bring us food, haha. My dad actually lives next door...so having someone bring us dinner wont be so hard!
I didn't give a thought to Christmas, but just realized I might not make Black Friday shopping :( Im a huge money saver, and its usually how I use a minimal amount of money to buy gifts for everyone. The baby will probably get something small, and practical...because its a baby...and it wont care, but its siblings will.
Black Friday shopping is just as good online. :) Most retailers put their sale prices online that correspond to when their store open, etc. The exceptions are places like Best Buy, where you go wait in line for a ticket to buy something, KWIM?
But I've been able to purchase just about everything that I wanted from Black Friday sales online from the warmth of my own home. It still requires the insane hours and its not quite as fun as standing at JoAnn's, WalMart or Target at 5 a.m. with hundreds of other crazy people.... but it gets the job done.
As for me...
I'm due on Thanksgiving too. So my plans that day are to... either eat at a local friends house (pending an invitation, lol) or plan to have Chinese food? I'm not planning on cooking that big of a dinner on my due date. But then again, I do LOVE Thanksgiving Dinner, so I may end up cooking anyway for our family. We will not have any guests, and we will not travel.
I'm not expecting baby at that time however. I'm just sort of expecting that he'll come the first week of December at 41+ weeks.
My mom and stepdad are planning on staying here for the entire month of December and renting a furnished condo. There is a possibility that my in laws will come sometime in December (probably not right on Christmas though because of extended grandparents that can't travel, etc). My mom mentioned something about my aunt and uncle coming to stay with them for Christmas.
I'm not planning travel or house guests for any Holidays probably for the entire year of 2012. I suppose I'm a little grumpy like that. People are more than welcome to visit, but we do not have a guest room at this house (or at least we won't after next month because we are rearranging rooms unrelated to baby). So those visiting will have to find their own accommodations.
I'm expecting that I will do more of a normal Christmas. I do have older kids (6 & 4). So we will celebrate Christmas in family, food and gifts. Nothing entirely extravagant, but that's not how we roll usually anyway. We may buy the baby something or allow our big kids to choose him a small toy as a gift. We will probably open his college savings fund in December too and contribute to that, like we for our kids every year for Christmas & Birthdays.