I kind of like them. I can't say I love them. But we do get to see Julie and her SO and my grandkitties, although Tom, my husband, can't come because he is babysitting the dogs...lol. We don't like to put them in boarding kennels or lock them in cages at motel's that are pet friendly. So we leave a few days before or after the holiday, minus Tom, to see Julie and her SO. We have a lot of fun too...often it is girl time because Sonic often likes to stay home when we go shopping...lolol. I see my dad sometimes. Since he is 89 it's hard for him to drive out to see us...we meet halfway if we have time. Yes, my father still has a driver's license!!! Christmas is the same. Early or later with Julie and SO and grandkitties. On the actual day, we have a cozy little foursome....Tom, me, Jumper and Sonic. Damian and Chloe, the doggies, join us too, of course. Food is always good. Football always rules on Thanksgiving. I usually end up with a warm, cozy feeling, but not overwhelming happiness. Since our family is so small, we aren't really seeing people we don't see that often. It's not a huge party or celebration. There is no extended family. Our few close friends have family of their own so we don't get together. Since we have small gatherings, there is really not much stress. At the same time, there is media pressure to be getting together with Auntie and Uncle and Cousin and Brother and Sister and that just doesn't happen here. My mother had very little family and the few of us are not in touch. My mother kept us from knowing our huge extended family on dad's side and he pretty much let her do so. Since they are all Jewish, some very Orthodox, I would not feel comfortable with them at this late date. In fact, since I have not been Jewish all of my adult years, I never did feel comfortable with them. They are nice, but very into their culture and religion and they know I did not raise my children to be Jewish. (Crossing fingers) If all goes well with Julie, we will have a new family member, minature sized to share the holidays with next year!!!! We never see 36 and his son on the holidays as we can't afford to go there and he won't drive up to Chicago to join us. Well, that's my story. You're right. I don't have that much to do on this dark and quiet Saturday So I thought I'd post a thread and see if it had any legs and if people wanted to share.