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I'm working both Thanksgiving and Christmas, as I always do. No little kiddos at home so I figure I might as well take advantage of the holiday premium pay. I usually enjoy spending the holidays with patients and staff especially when I'm working on the pediatric or adolescent units. The shifts normally aren't bad and definitely better than traveling hours in holiday traffic to spend it eating too much with my cool but wacky family. What you doing?

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My family has always had crazy schedules to coordinate; this year, it's even crazier with two siblings in the process of divorce- not only trying for a day all the children can attend, but also all the grandchildren (my mom hosts both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners every year and is refusing to give it up). So, we usually end up doing the weekend before or after. Fortunately, my parents only live an hour away from me, and as the family rebel I'm the furthest away so nobody has hours long travel to deal. As for the days themselves, I'll probably park my butt on the couch with a good book. My holiday this year is New Year, and hopefully I won't actually work and the phone will be silent.

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Oooh boy.

I have no idea.

Okay.

Dad has MS, in nursing home. Nanny is 98, in nursing home. MIL has major Alzheimer's, a hot mess. FIL and my mom okay...for now.

Big Kid coming home.

Aunt from Jersey afraid to drive out.

SIL and her 4 kids around...

I used to do Thanksgiving for my side of the family (including scared Aunt)We called it The Wheelchair Brigade holiday. I make an amazing turkey- the key is rubbing butter under the breast skin, Amazing gravy, AMAZING stuffing and pecan pies.

Last year SIL and I combined food and brought it to in laws. I missed doing it at my house, but, whatever.

Christmas Eve, I do apps and dessert. My bro and his family and my mom come over. Sometimes neighbors come by. Christmas Day, same as Thanksgiving. New years Day, same.

Plenty of cousins for the kids, age 14-25, so, good times.

New Year's Eve we go to neighbors, kids and all. Our neighborhood is unusually close, kids have known each other since age 2.

I think I will work Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve in HH. Home the rest of the week because, ya know, School Nurse.

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Oooh boy.

I have no idea.

Okay.

Dad has MS, in nursing home. Nanny is 98, in nursing home. MIL has major Alzheimer's, a hot mess. FIL and my mom okay...for now.

Big Kid coming home.

Aunt from Jersey afraid to drive out.

SIL and her 4 kids around...

I used to do Thanksgiving for my side of the family (including scared Aunt)We called it The Wheelchair Brigade holiday. I make an amazing turkey- the key is rubbing butter under the breast skin, Amazing gravy, AMAZING stuffing and pecan pies.

Last year SIL and I combined food and brought it to in laws. I missed doing it at my house, but, whatever.

Christmas Eve, I do apps and dessert. My bro and his family and my mom come over. Sometimes neighbors come by. Christmas Day, same as Thanksgiving. New years Day, same.

Plenty of cousins for the kids, age 14-25, so, good times.

New Year's Eve we go to neighbors, kids and all. Our neighborhood is unusually close, kids have known each other since age 2.

I think I will work Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve in HH. Home the rest of the week because, ya know, School Nurse.

I am exhausted just reading all this! Sounds like great fun though. You will need the following week off to recover from all the festivities, lol.

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Thanksgiving is the day before my birthday (last year it was on my birthday) and every so often it lands on my twins' birthdays, so it is usually the big holiday for us. My mom and stepdad #6 are coming in, my aunt and stupid drunk father I hate are going to be here, perhaps my father' also drunk friend... (Yeah, it's as bad as it sounds.)

My 75 year old neighbor called me yesterday to ask if I would mind roasting her turkey, since her oven glass is broken. She went from having 3 people to having 6 or 7 people so she needs a whole turkey, not just a breast like she planned. I told her bring me a turkey, I'll make everything else for her too. So, between her and my family (plus friends who drop in every year) I'll be cooking about 3 full Thanksgiving dinners.

Christmas is still too far off to plan, but we get a Honeybaked Ham every year (that my husband is working and we can afford it.)

Does everyone give themselves a Christmas budget? What does it look like? I have 3 kids and nursing school supplies that will most likely be wrapped and put under the tree (because I don't get presents when I have >$3000 of supplies and tuition) plus other people close family members.

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Our family believes in sharing the wealth when it comes to hosting holidays. I will be doing Thanksgiving. Someone will be missing at the table for the first time in my life...However, the traditions must continue.

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We will be cooking Thanksgiving lunch and taking it to Mom's since she will only be about a week out from a total knee replacement. Somehow I get to cook turkey and a ham (brother doesn't like turkey) pies, and a pumpkin cheesecake; everyone else is doing sides.

Christmas Eve at my brothers. Italian sausage, antipasti and booze.

Christmas Day brunch at my sister's. Then we generally all fall asleep in the living room as the kids run amok downstairs.

New Year's Day here for black eye peas, greens and pork chops.

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Does everyone give themselves a Christmas budget? What does it look like?

We don't have any little ones, or anyone needing practical stuff like school supplies, so years ago we started donating to charity in lieu of exchanging gifts. My family is ok financially and we are fairly low key with regard to not needing the latest and greatest new toys. Although not as altruistic as it might seem we started because it got to the point where it seemed stupid expensive, time consuming and wasteful to search for gifts for people who truly didn't need a thing. We take what our holiday gift budget would have been and donate to charity. I like it.

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I don't have any idea what we'll do over the holidays!

I have always been the one to work all the holiday eves and days....but this year, they fall on days I'm off. Occasionally I will work per request, ie switch scheduled days with someone else so they can have the holidays off.

Two reasons why I might NOT work this year: my employer has eliminated the 'eves' from holiday-pay, and, now that I am semi-retired, I would just as soon keep my hubby company even if we go nowhere and do nothing. And his mom and bro's family are two +1/2 hours away. SiL usually 'does' T-bird Day, but meh, I'll go along w/ what hubby decides about that holiday.

Since Xmas is on a Friday this year, and I work Saturdays and Sundays, I doubt we will be going anywhere.

But, "don't cry for me, Argentina"; it really doesn't bother us anymore.

Our 26th Anniversary is on 12/16; it is on a Wednesday this year, and coincidentally the day he receives his SS check....so I reckon we'll go out to eat at a place we can't usually afford...though nothing fancy, as we are pretty low-key.

PS: What's a Christmas budget? We don't usually exchange gifts, just cards. His family gets gift-cards. I send a box of wrapped up weird, funny, used and useful odds and ends to my sister and bro-in-law up in Maine. The funny thing is that my sis and I hardly ever get the mailings done on time. We have had Christmas packages in March, July, and/or whenever.

Edited by No Stars In My Eyes

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I'll be spending Thanksgiving at home with my mom (between contracts). Since it's just us we'll be eating dinner at the clubhouse. Nice, but I really miss the next day leftover turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce sandwich!

At Christmas I will be in New England near my grandkids, but since I will be starting a new contract a couple of weeks before I'm assuming I will be working both Christmas and New Years. No biggie - as long as I get to see them it doesn't really matter about the date.

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I'm lucky enough to be cooking and cleaning for 20 cool and wacky family members. I love being with my siblings and their families. I love the noise and the squabbles. I love the good natured ribbing and teasing. I love the interaction between the young and the old. I like looking at the little ones faces, knowing that memories are being made.

Edited by imintrouble

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Thanksgiving is the day before my birthday (last year it was on my birthday) and every so often it lands on my twins' birthdays, so it is usually the big holiday for us.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! We're birthday twins!

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