How to Split the Holidays–Without the Drama

Photo: Veer
Photo: Veer

Now that you’re part of a couple, where to celebrate the holidays is a huge source of stress. Between the demands of your parents and your desire to start new holiday traditions as a couple, it’s hard to divide your time and keep everyone happy. In fact, figuring it all out can easily bring out the inner Grinch in both you and your partner.

Since you can’t be in two (or three!) places at once, we’ve sought out solutions for you to make this year’s holiday season fun, instead of miserable. Check out these Nestie-tested strategies for making it all work.

“We split the day in half. If my husband’s family gets two hours more than mine-oh well. I’ve never kept track of things like that because it’s silly to keep score.” — alithebride

“A friend of mine hosts a “leftover” Thanksgiving day. They do a potluck of left overs, play games and drink beer with the family that wasn’t visited on the actual day. Her family loves it and actually prefers to attend that day.” — CaitS07

“I won’t do the two families on one day as I find it too stressful. To me it is better to focus on one family a day instead of splitting time.”  — GreenMonkey1

“I would never split the day of the holiday because what’s the point of going to spend time with family, mine or his, if we are just going to pack up to go to the other side and then miss half the event with both sides?”  — toothpastechica

“We rotated holidays until we had a kid. Now we just stay home and do our own thing and anyone who wants to come is welcome. We do try to make an effort to see both sides of the family around the holidays but not necessarily on them.” — Kimbus22

How do you determine which family to spend time with during the holiday season?

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