We went to my folks house for Thanksgiving. Went over about two and I put the sweet potatoes in the oven and the desserts in the fridge. My H and I sat a the kitchen table and looked at the black Friday ads while my mom sat complaining she either had to work that night or on Friday and miss the shopping. Then my sister comes out (16) and plops down at the table to do home work and I inquire what she is working on and she bits my head off and procceds to plug in to her ipod. My mom is still yaking about nothing and just being annoying. Finally it is about 4 and she pulls the turkey out and is finishing things up to eat dinner when my brother and dad show themselves from where ever they were hiding. Dinner wasn't very good and all we heard during dinner was how much my sister loves gravy and watched flood her plate of food with it. The thing is when ever we go over to dinner at my folk's place we eat the some kind of stuff (we had big turkey dinner 3 weeks before Thanksgiving).
My H and I were invited to spend Christmas with some friends at their cabin the mountains and spend the weekend skiing and snowshoeing. I mentioned something to my mom and she went balistic on me and said that if we didn't do Christmas with them we would get any presents. Stupid and childish I know and I don't really care about the presents anyway because I am an adult and can go buy myself anything I really need or want. My H and I want to host Christmas eve dinner and give our gifts out that night at our house and then be able to leave for our friend's place the next morning. I figured it would be a win win situation. We wouldn't have to eat my mom's same old dinner and still be able to do Christmas with my family but be able to do our own thing also. Does this sound like a good solution or am I just complicating things?