A holiday with the "new" family takes priority
Instead of traveling to relatives, consider relaxing on the couch with your new family. (au furniture/American Leather / February 13, 2006)
Partially in honor of this advice, Andrew and I graciously declined Thanksgiving dinner invitations from family and friends. We decided to stay put in Baltimore and do something we are not very accustomed to these days -- relax together. Both sets of parents were very understanding of this decision. Let me just tell you, I was looking forward to the day more than any other Thanksgiving. An entire day alone together without obligations is a rarity. No cooking, no cleaning, no driving, no sleeping on someone else's couch or in hotels, no hosting and entertaining out-of-towners, and certainly no wedding planning. It was short-lived but glorious. This holiday season, for quality time with my new family, I am thankful.