We are going to alternate Christmas each year. It was tough. This is the first time since HH and I have been together we won't be seeing BOTH families. (OK, last year we split up, but that is not a real solution to our problem.) We got to my MIL's house at 8:30 on Christmas Eve, and were able to stay until Saturday. I loved seeing how happy my husband was. There was a light in his eyes that only his family could bring, and that was precious.