I did a pretty good job of defending my hill of not caving into family pressure to hang out all day and forgo the household dinner that was planned. Also, I will not stay in the kitchen all morning, while the lazy relatives sit on their behind and talk about me.
Before Thanksgiving, the family came up with a plan: Big extended family Thanksgiving at my aunt's house, Christmas Breakfast/brunch at my cousins, Dinner at home with your own family. I enthusiastically agreed.
2 weeks after T-day, the aunts are talking about dinner at the cousins...
Turns out, some people want to stay all day and so they are thinking about bringing food over there. I'm assured that we'll still have dinner at home
I make plans to cook brunchy stuff and figure out our X-mas dinner (surf and turf)
This time last week, the menu has expanded to look like a traditional big family dinner. I ask again, and am told; yes we are still having dinner at home, just the 3 of us. I purchase our meal fixins.
Last night, massive amounts of food is being prepared in the kitchen. I asked what time we would be eating on X-mas. We agree on 6pm.
X-mas day we go over to cousins house for breakfast. I remind aunt and grandpa that dinner is at 6. I leave there at 1:30 Visit mom, go home and get sides made. 3pm...they are still there and helping to cook. 4pm..still there and cooking. 5pm...I call and say that food is going in the oven and steamer. 530pm...phone call saying "on the way"
5:45...another phone call swearing they are in the car and on the way. 5:55...they walk in the door. 6pm...dinner comes out of the oven and steamer and goes on the table.