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Well, I am almost done prepping for the holiday madness!

We are getting ready to start leg two and three of our five (yes five) total Christmas extravaganzas. I know you’re jealous, right? Who doesn’t want to travel to spend the night in 3 different states while physically trekking through 7 different states up and down the east coast and spending a total of approximately 55 hours in either a car or a plane while you switch between eastern and central time a total of 8 times in about a month. See – I told you. You’re jealous.

I have a love/hate relationship with our multiple Christmases. Pros are that we get to see lots of people, open lots of presents, and share lots of laughter and memories. The cons include traffic, long drives, lots of fast food, toll booths, bad radio, and being away from my lovey kitties. I know in the long run the good outweighs the bad, but man – I am already tired and beat!

What’s the schedule this year? Well, unlike most of you we have already had one Christmas in PA over Thanksgiving with my daddy. Now, we are taking a four day weekend starting Friday so we can hit up my momma’s house (6-7 hours from home) and then head to his momma’s house (2 hours from my momma’s) then home (another 6 or 7 hours). We have two days back in the office (and two evenings at home in which I need to get a significant portion of laundry done) before we head back out. Next stop, we drive to Ocala, FL where we spend actual Christmas with hubby’s best friend who has a baby being induced today and then ships out to Iraq on January 2nd. So it will be an emotionally charged visit, but one I am excited to make. We drive back the Sunday after Christmas and work another 4 days. Finally, we will fly out on the first to spend 6 days in Key West with hubby’s dad to finish out Christmas and get a well deserved vacay.

Are you tired yet? I know I am…. but it is all worth it.

Anyone else having multiple Christmases? What is your routine and how do you cope?

7 frugal friends said ...

Amanda - Small Home Big Start said... @ December 17, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Wow, I got tuckered out just following that! You are one brave lady!

Sandra said... @ December 17, 2009 at 12:51 PM

That is some wild Christmas vacation! Good luck and hope it is merry and bright through all the travel. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet note.

Mayhem and Moxie said... @ December 17, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Oh, how I do understand this post. I wish I could say that I don't, but it would be a bold-faced lie.

How about 4 Christmases in 2 days? Yes, just like the effing movie with Reese Witherspoon. I do believe that I like your arrangements much better than ours, though. Anything that ends with a vacation is good!

Good luck to us both. :)

Unknown said... @ December 17, 2009 at 10:36 PM

We just had multiple thanksgivings..i refuse to be anywhere but home on christmas morning with the kiddos...but we do have breakfast, lunch, and dinner at different places!

Unknown said... @ December 18, 2009 at 8:31 AM

I couldn't do it, Jess. Two is quite enough, thank you. And the last one is almost always at my house. Bedlam ensues, but I like it better than driving everywhere. Get some rest, when you can.

{leah} said... @ December 20, 2009 at 6:35 PM

After haveing a couple crazy christmases... we have scrapped it all!! The husband and I stay home wiht our family and our traditions. Our home is always open, but we stay ena enjoy it together.

Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day!! {sorry it's taken me so long:) }

Corrie Howe said... @ December 21, 2009 at 8:38 PM

I'm so not jealous. I'm so happy my husband finally saw things my way and decided it is more fun to make our own traditions.

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