I know it's a bit early for Christmas threads, but we are coming to that time of year where we are starting to be asked "What are you doing for Christmas?", by various family members. This of course leads to more political shenanigans than the Good Friday Agreement. My current situation is thus. After the birth of twin sons, our first kids (and last if I have my way) in January, which followed a very mute Christmas due to pregnancy complications before the birth. My wife and I decided we are spending this Christmas in our own home with an invitation to our parents to spend Christmas dinner with us and their new-ish grandchildren. Over the years, weve both traipsed around our respective sisters because theyve got kids and couldnt possibly make them leave the house on "What Have You Got Me" Day. So we thought, time for a bit of payback. Other family members (my sister & her family, and my wifes sister and her family) are invited to come around in the morning to see the boys dribble over their new toy boxes (as little kiddies never play with the actual toys). We didn't go for the big family Christmas as there are 4 in my wifes sisters family (sister, brother in law, 2 kids aged 16 & 14). And there are 4 in my sisters family (my sister, & 3 kids aged 19,16, & 13). My brother in law has been kicked out, but may be weedling himself back in. But thats another story. We would also have to invite my wifes uncle and his gf. This would mean there would be 11 adults, 5 teenagers, 2 babies, and our 2 dogs in my medium (not big, not small) 3 bedroom semi-detached house. Apart from not having the room, the table space, enough chairs, enough plates & cutlery, we only have a normal size oven. We cannot accommodate everyone. Plus, we would actually like to enjoy our boys first Christmas as well. Now without meaning to sound smug (although I am a little bit), my family are fine with this. My parents have accepted the invite, and my sister fully understands the situation in regards to numbers and stress levels involved. My wifes sister (MWS) however is throwing a massive tantrum. She can't understand why we don't want the entire family around (she's never had to worry about her husbands family as they live about 300 miles away), apparently we're being selfish and awkward by not inviting her & her family. She doesnt seem to comprehend that if she were invited, my sister would have to be invited to keep the peace. Plus I dont bloody want her there anyway. Shes obviously had a moan to my wifes parents as well, as my wife just rang me, to tell me her mum has said "Were being awkward" and are making her "choose between her daughters." No, were asking you to spend your grandchildrens first Christmas with them, plain and simple. Youve spent the last sixteen Christmas with your other daughter and grandchildren, you can spend at least one with your other daughter and her kids. Bloody families! Right, thats my rant over. Anyone else had any Christmas machinations that would make the Vatican and Dan Brown blush?