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For those that celebrate the winter holidays - are you preparing now?<br><br>
I've always pretty much done "everything" closer to fall/winter...but now I've got most of the gifts for my two kiddos and their cousins. I still have a couple of things I'd like to get for DH and then his parents and my parents...<br><br>
We are keeping it as simple as possible. I am hoping that I can really enjoy a slow paced holiday with my boys...seeing friends, lights, programs, winter walks etc...while this baby finishes growing.<br><br>
Anybody else want to share????<br><br><br>
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Everyone usually descends on my house and my parents' condo becuase we live in FL and my grandmother really can't travel. I have a huge fenced yard with a dog door to the house, so my sisters usually bring their dogs - three shephards in addition to my collie mix.<br><br>
I am drawing the line at the dogs this year. We're all getting together in Maine next week to celebrate my grandmother's 90th, and I'm telling them 6 months ahead of time that they need to get kennels. I'm trying to decide if I even want people in my house, since it will be loud and messy and I'll eitehr be nesting or have a baby, but I'll decide later.<br><br>
That's my idea of preparing for the holidays<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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omg- you ladies are really thinking ahead! I will have no company this year. That will solve alot of my problems..... As for gifts- I should get thinking of ideas... I usually do homemade goodies and those take extra time. If my garden comes around I might just do home canned goods and call it a day. Except for DH and my kids- they get all the home canned goods they can handles<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I think we'll probably be alone this Christmas - my family all lives ~16 hours away, and there's no way I'll be traveling that far at 38 weeks pregnant. My sister might be moving to our town, but she'll probably fly down to be with the rest of the family.<br><br>
If I were having the baby before Christmas, I'm sure they'd all come here - but nobody is going to want to make the trip only to turn around and come back within a month. Oh well! We had Christmas for just the two of us last year, for the first time, and it was the best one of my adult life. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Really good points about getting gifts and stuff ready early, though... I am a huge procrastinator and this is NOT the year to wait until the last minute.
 

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The holidays are really big for my family so I've already told our families that we will not be traveling during that six week time period (Thanksgiving-Christmas) so if they want to see us they will need to plan to come to our house. Both sides of the family understood and will plan to come to our home.<br><br>
My mom and I have a tradition of shopping together the day after Thanksgiving and we're still planning to do that. It will be interesting to be so very pregnant and shopping at 4 am, but I wouldn't give up that time with my mom for anything in the world. We drink coffee and enjoy the time alone together. It's just wonderful!! Plus, I don't buy a thing until that day or later due to the sales that get better and better. I love feeling like I beat the system!!!
 

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We planned to have Thanksgiving here even before I got pregnant, so that will be a crazy time for me. I'll shoot to get my gift shopping finished by Halloween. Then I'll plan for Thanksgiving between Halloween and Tgiving. Then I'll just have decorating and enjoying Christmas and my last weeks of baby baking for December.<br><br>
I love the busy-ness of the holiday, and I'm kind of glad that it will help make the last long months of pregnancy go faster...maybe.
 

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I am also stocking up now. While all of my family and DH's family lives within an hour of home, I don't think we will be making our usual rounds this year. They should be used to it, I bailed out the year the twins were born since the babies were only 2 1/2 months old. We will probably do Thanksgiving at home this year as well. I just won't be up to dealing with the step family politics that characterize everyone of DH's family get togethers. In fact I will be shopping at<br><a href="http://www.atoygarden.com" target="_blank">www.atoygarden.com</a> later. Their big sale ends today. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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I'm already thinking of what to do about the holidays. I can't imagine getting the boys out shopping with me in the winter. Ugh. I think I'm going to choose local, handmade (not by me, though!) gifts for everyone. Also, this way will help me budget for the holidays more easily.
 

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I'm the "Santa" who is busy wrapping Christmas Eve. I will not be doing that this year. I'm already making a list. It's not that hard to hide the gifts from the kids. The trick is to hide them once they are wrapped. They just seem so much bigger then. We'll also be paring down their list a bit. We have too much crap, but they need some things to unwrap from us and from Santa.
 

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Share your ideas about what you are finding!!!<br><br><br>
I'm thinking of looking on Etsy, but that is such a dangerous place...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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We usually do really slow paced holidays anyways, my parents live not too far away and we always have the holidays there, so we'll not have to worry about big cooking or if we do do something ourselves, hubby will do it, since I don't cook. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I lucked out with a DH that loves to cook.<br><br>
I'll do the presents though, but that's what the interwebs is for. That and I'll be making lots of things. I'm thinking of taking one of the later ultrasound photos and making frames to put it in with the title "Baby's First Christmas" or something of the sort.
 

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Gasp!<br><br>
How have I not thought about the holidays?<br><br>
And I'm even having company fly a few thousand miles for Christmas! EEK!<br><br>
As soon as we're moved and settled it, I'll start on sewing an advent calendar, make some baby stuff, and then prepare for my company.<br><br>
I usually go all out for holidays, especially Christmas.<br><br>
Wow. I totally forgot about the holidays being right before baby is supposed to be born. How did that happen?
 

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Well, given how pregnant I will be by then that is my excuse for staying home. If my parents want to celebrate with us, they can prepare food here. (which makes sense since I can provide a house with kitchen and dining area and $$ for food and they have small apartments and lots of cooking skills. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: It could be a win-win).
 

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I've been thinking a lot about it... I wanted to get Christmas shopping done as early as possible this year. Last year felt so rushed to me, even though I was pretty well on top of things for my step-daughter. Though, DP was going through a hard time then, and we ended up doing more shopping the week of! I told him no freakin way we are doing that again. lol<br><br>
I will likely start picking some stuff up after our wedding in August.<br><br><br>
Here is something I've been trying to decide on though... Are any of you getting a little something to put under the tree... or whatever custom you follow for the little one in utero? I'm sort of torn on this and can't decide. lol My EDD is sooo close to Christmas, even though first timers usually go pretty "late."... I don't know... I just have a sort of feeling I may not... I can't explain that really, but I don't feel I will be much into January...
 

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I'm wondering how much decorating I'll be doing this year! Putting it out wouldn't be too bad, but then thinking of putting it all away with a baby a few weeks old is sort of daunting.<br><br>
Other than that, ours will be pretty normal--once we had kids, we started staying home for Christmas. My ILs usually come sometime around Christmas and stay a week or so. We have a separate guest house, so that makes it so much easier on everyone. My mom & dad live less than a mile away, so that's easy, too. And we get our kids just a gift or 2 each, and if we see something we know a loved one would love, we'll get that. But we don't go overboard on presents.<br><br>
I've never gone earlier than a few days before my EDD, but for some reason the thought has crossed my mind that I'll end up going into labor while everyone is at my house. Yikes.
 

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Great ideas. I know all of my family will be down for Christmas this year to our area. I'm due December 27 and my sister is due November 19 I think.<br><br>
But the buying presents now is a GREAT idea. thanks. I think I will start. I had a rough time in my third trimester so waiting until then is kind of scary for me.<br><br>
I just hope people don't plan on camping out at our house waiting for baby to come. b/c that is NOT going to happen. Just b/c we're having a home birth doesn't mean we're having a house full of people birth :)
 

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I don't know what we;ll do, since we are also planning on buying a house this fall and hopefully closing/moving in December. We usually see my extended family the 2nd weekend in January (the week I due!!) so I usually do my shopping the day after Christmas. I get SUCH good deals. I will probably have to pay attention to sales between now and then and start stocking up. I just hate that if I don't wait until November they won't be able to return/exchange the gifts. I doubt we'll be decorating much, but we will have a tree. I don't let that one slide. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Good news is that with my due date we are now off the hook for going to Louisiana to visit DH's aunt and uncle for Christmas...lol
 

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Oooh...forgot to add...I am due aroudn the first week or so of January...<br><br>
Decorating...will be minimal. A tree of course! And some lights for ambiance. (is better for the clutter factor anyway...plus we are having a HB..so nesting wise I won't want all the mess!).<br><br>
Christmas Dinner. I had it here last year...so my SIL will probably have it at her house this year (she is around 20 min. away). She will do the turkey etc and everyone brings a dish or two. So pretty simple. I'll have my family down a few days later for a very simple lunch and gift exchange. Fun and low key.<br><br>
Mamasthree - It is great that you are able to keep it to a gift or two! We try really, really hard to keep our gift giving low key....but haven't gotten it to a gift or two yet! LOL.<br><br>
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I am not sure about Thanksgiving this year! But every year for Christmas we go to Del Rio to DHs family(FILs side) It is so much fun and we draw names, for adults and kids under6 get gifts from everyone. There are only 2 this year but next year we will have 4 but only 3 will show. DH and I are huge holiday freaks! We go all out with dishes and decorations and lights. SOOOOOO fun!
 

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My family thinks im nuts(except my grandma, mother of four TOTALLY understood) I told them all that i was making all my gifts cause i was not setting foot in a store when im that preggers with a two year old!!<br><br>
ive already got three gifts on the go and dh is starting knitting socks scarfs and odds and ends for lil gifts!
 
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