7 Couples Share How They Decided Where To Spend The Holidays

7 Couples Share How They Decided Where To Spend The Holidays
7 Couples Share How They Decided Where To Spend The Holidays

"I'm from London, born and raised, and Elaine is Filipino. After dating long distance for a year, we now live together in Makati in the Philippines. Elaine's visa situation is complicated, so we can travel to a limited number of foreign countries, which is not a terrible thing, because the Philippine Islands have so many beautiful destinations for the holidays. But, this year, we decided that we wanted a change from all the heat and beaches for Christmas. We think it would be perfect for Elaine to visit my family and see where I grew up. We are in the process of obtaining a visa for her to see my hometown in the U.K. Let's hope it snows!" —Sorren & Elaine

"When we first were married, we landed on a solution where we 'switch off holidays' meaning every other Christmas is spent with my family, and same with Thanksgiving. The unfortunate thing is that we have aligned with our siblings so on the years where we are with my family, my parents are lucky enough to have all three of their children plus their significant others and grandchildren. Then on the years where we are with my husband's family, they are all alone. My husband and I come from very close-knit families who truly love being with their kids. Lucky enough for us, our parents became close during the wedding planning process and we decided one year to travel together with both sets of parents to Costa Rica for Thanksgiving. It was the best compromise and we had SO much fun! My in-laws were nice enough to invite my parents so they wouldn’t have to spend the holiday alone—this was one of our off years. It was completely selfless of them and I was so grateful that they decided to extend the invitation. My parents have since invited my in-laws to attend our family holidays when their kids are with their in-laws because they have really grown to love them and we truly enjoy our time altogether. Our family is not the norm and we realize this, but we try to encourage friends to adopt this new tradition of spending holidays with both sides of their family." —Perry & Trey

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"My parents are in Connecticut and Jaithan's parents are in San Diego, and we live between New York and Philly, so we see my parents often. California around the holidays with warm weather is always a choice that we like. Then, one year, maybe we won't see our parents at the holidays, but we'll see them in between. This year, we've seen our families a lot, so we are renting a house in Palm Springs, since our home is under construction. We're doing a Friendsgiving, where our friends, who don't really have things going on, are flying out and staying at the house. We're having friends from New York, LA, and Des Moines coming!" —Eddie & Jaithan

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