I have a pretty good spine when it comes to my mom, but we have an interesting one about how she wants us to skip Christmas with her and my dad.
See, my folks have pretty much given up on Christmas. For my family, the big holiday is Thanksgiving, which we always attend. Since we have lived for the last 16 years in another state, it was easy to draw the line....we take Thanksgiving week off, come out to visit, and spend Christmas at home. We always throw a party on Christmas Eve. The few occasions when we have travelled for Christmas, we've regretted it.
In the meantime, my parents have started skipping town on Christmas Day, going to a Bed & Breakfast somewhere, not telling anyone where they went and turning off their cell phones. Yes, I think that's cute.
This year, we're back in the same state, and my mom keeps trying to convince us to go camping* with them on Christmas Day.
We told them that we're thrilled that they're going camping, and that we hope they have fun, and we look forward to seeing them on Thanksgiving, but we will be having Christmas in our new home. My dad is fine with this, but my mom will not let this go. She even went so far as to reserve an extra campsite for us, even though the campground is booked solid and I'm sure someone else would love to have that spot. We have been more than clear that we will not be joining them.
Keep in mind that this isn't a matter of celebrating Christmas at a campground; this is a matter of camping with the express intent of not celebrating Christmas at all. Never mind that we have a daughter, who has already been displaced this year, and is really not keen on a Christmas-free Christmas.
*In case you're wondering, they will be in Death Valley, which is apparently a lovely place to camp in the dead of Winter.