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Old 12.12.2018, 10:11
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Christmas Eve alternatives?

Sort of last minute, due to family dynamics (that's putting it lightly), my wife and two kids are looking for Christmas Eve alternatives to sitting around the table with my wife's family, singing songs and opening presents. Because you can't do that in a the same room as an uncle who makes personal threats in front of your kids and then pretends everything is honky dory the next day. Ok now I'm not putting it lightly.

So I know it's a long shot, but does anyone know of anything, let's say between Bern, Basel, Zurich, or anywhere else within two hours of Luzern, that would serve as a nice family getaway for Christmas Eve? Looking for events, open restaurants (no bars - 9 & 10 year old kids), celebrations, etc, etc

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Old 12.12.2018, 10:51
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Re: Christmas Eve alternatives?

We just booked a table at a Fondue Chalet. Also sth else for us to break tradition. Or check out Ikea for their ‚no one should spend xmas alone‘ campaign, people offer seats at their table for a nice sharing evening
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Old 12.12.2018, 11:14
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Re: Christmas Eve alternatives?

Why not spend it in your own home, with your wife and two kids?
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Old 12.12.2018, 11:18
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Why not spend it in your own home, with your wife and two kids?
Best plan (for us anyway!). Festive, cosy evening, nice food, couple of Christmas films, nothing complicated. Can't wait!
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Old 12.12.2018, 11:29
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Why not spend it in your own home, with your wife and two kids?
Yes should have mentioned, we live right next door to my wife's family. It would be cruel to have our own evening and tell the kids they can't go over to the rest of the family. We're trying to turn it into a positive break from tradition and not make it too obvious what it's all about.
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Re: Christmas Eve alternatives?

Why on earth would you want to celebrate Christmas with somebody who makes threats?

Ideas:

Indoor karting (drive behind him and forget to brake when taking a corner)
Off piste skiing (just have some drinks with your family and watch him go off)

etc.. etc..
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Re: Christmas Eve alternatives?

Thanks for the levity. I'm really seriously trying to deescalate, and it's going to be awkward for several holidays to come I'm afraid. I'd like to think positively.


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Why on earth would you want to celebrate Christmas with somebody who makes threats?

Ideas:

Indoor karting (drive behind him and forget to brake when taking a corner)
Off piste skiing (just have some drinks with your family and watch him go off)

etc.. etc..
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Re: Christmas Eve alternatives?

Traditional Festivus might be proper way to open up the Christmas time;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus
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Re: Christmas Eve alternatives?

I would suggest you take your family away for the holidays.

I'm sure there are still some not so expensive options.

Then, when you are back, start planning your move further from this family. I'm serious.
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Old 12.12.2018, 12:59
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I would suggest you take your family away for the holidays.

I'm sure there are still some not so expensive options.

Then, when you are back, start planning your move further from this family. I'm serious.
You beat me to it.
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Re: Christmas Eve alternatives?

Is Money an issue? Come to Zurich.

Start with Circus Conelli at 15h. It goes about 3h.
Then stroll along Banhofstrasse and Limmat to look at lights and decoration.
Next go for a meal in a restaurant.
At 21.30 go the St. Andrews Anglican Church and enjoy the Christmas Service with Carols.
Now, your kids are tired and will sleep on the way back home. The only option is to bring them straight to bed. (Sorry if you have to carry them).
Next morning enjoy what the Christkindli (Sorry Santa Clause did not get a temp Work permit. Quota was exhausted) has brought and unwrap the present
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Re: Christmas Eve alternatives?

Start a new family tradition and cut and decorate your tree on Christmas Eve. Takes an entire afternoon and evening and gives you a great excuse to be in your home and not theirs.


I feel for you. If I lived next door to my in laws, it would not be pretty.
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I would suggest you take your family away for the holidays.

I'm sure there are still some not so expensive options.

Then, when you are back, start planning your move further from this family. I'm serious.
Thanks. I assure you that process is in the works. It's a fairly new development, which is why we're so baffled and unprepared.
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Traditional Festivus might be proper way to open up the Christmas time;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus
I love that idea!
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Re: Christmas Eve alternatives?

Thanks a lot everyone for the ideas and feedback. It's a really weird situation and it requires some careful moves. For now I think the outing to Zürich is a very doable one (my wife was even looking at the Circus earlier today), and before then we've decided to take the kids to see my wife's aging Aunt who otherwise may not get many holiday visitors.

I wish you all happy holidays, and better luck with family relations than we're having this year.
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