Anyone else normally travel for holidays but is reveling in the excuse not to this year because of looming due dates?
We live 8 hours from my family and 10 from DH's. It's the in-laws' turn to have us come for Christmas (they are not in a financial or health position to travel to us) and I am SO DELIGHTED to have the excuse not to go. They are not bad people, but they do stress me out (culture clash between my family of origin and theirs--they just do things differently and my MIL, while sweet, drives me crazy), as does the prospect of either an 10-hour winter drive w/2-year-old or expensive, likely complicated flight across the snowy midwest (no direct flights available to their city) to stay in a crowded house.
Instead, DH, DD, and I are going ot have our first ever hunker-down immediate family Christmas. I am so looking forward to doing up Christmas this year--cookies for Santa Claus, picking out a tree, staying up wrapping presents for her, etc...it's the first year she really has any idea what's going on. It'll kind of be a goodbye to us as a family of 3.
What are others planning?