When you and your significant other are planning the holidays, how should you decide whose family to spend time with? It might not be possible to visit both for these special occasions, but you can make the season a bit less stressful by keeping these tips in mind.  

Consider Location

Where do your families live? If they live in the same town as you or relatively close by you can plan to visit both over the holidays. You might be able to spend one day celebrating with your family and the next day celebrating with your significant other’s family. If your families live farther away and you have to travel to see them, you’ll need to decide which one to visit. You might consider alternating holidays. For example, you can plan on spending time with your family this coming holiday, then plan on visiting your significant other’s family for the next holiday. You can also invite them both to your home instead.

Consider Time

If your families aren’t nearby, you’ll need to consider how much time you and your significant other can take off from work to travel. Depending on your time off, you might only be able to visit one side of the family rather than both. If one of you isn’t able to take time off, you’ll have to stay close by for the holidays. This might mean spending time with the family who lives closer. To make things fair, plan ahead so you’ll both be able to take time off and visit the other family next holiday season.

If your families live farther away and you have to travel to see them, you’ll need to decide which one to visit. You might consider alternating holidays. For example, you can plan on spending time with your family this coming holiday, then plan on visiting your significant other’s family for the next holiday.

Consider Budget

If you have to travel to see family, it’s also important to be practical and consider your budget. You might not be able to afford to visit family on the other side of the country, for example. Instead, visit family members who live close to you and plan on doing video chatting with the family who lives farther away. While it’s not the same as being with them in person, you and your significant other can still see them and spend time chatting with them.

Don’t Give Definite Answers Yet

Until you’ve figured out what you’re doing and where you’ll be spending your holidays, don’t promise anything to either side of the family. Wait until you know who you’ll be able to spend time with. This keeps you from getting the other side of the family’s hopes up in case you end up not being able to visit both.

Split Up Celebrations

If both families really want to see you for holiday celebrations, consider splitting these up. Depending on location, spend part of the day with one family before visiting the other. If they’re too far away, pick another date to celebrate the holidays that works better for everyone involved.

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