I’m sort of in the same boat. We used to have huge celebrations when I was a kid. My Grandfather was one of 10 children. They all were married and had roughly 4 kids each… and so on
Most Aunts and Uncles have also passed.
Cousins haven’t seen each other in so many years that we wouldn’t know them if we fell over each other.
It’s really just me and my 3 siblings and their families.
When we would all get together there would be upwards of 20 people. The occasional new boyfriend/girlfriend or a lone friend that had no where to go for the holiday. We always welcomed extra guests as there is always enough food to feed an Army
Now, over the passed few years people have moved and there is no where big enough for all of us to gather. I’m in a tiny apt. Those of us willing to host just no longer have the space and others never seem to offer We were renting a room at a local restaurant for a few years but, now they have closed. There was no gathering at all last year due to Covid and I believe this year will be much the same as again … no one with space has offered. I’ll be dropping off my sister and brother in laws gifts tomorrow. Since they are 2 hours away.
Sort of makes me sad there is no big gathering anymore for Christmas breakfast.
Tomorrow is just me and the man, with my two sisters, one hubby, the other is working, 2 nieces and one nephew. One of her daughters lives in NC and the other is still at Canton. She chose to stay and make a Thanksgiving dinner for exchange students who have no where to go and don’t know what our Thanksgiving fare consists of. She is such a sweet kid
I won’t see my brother’s side at all. We never have on Thanksgiving as they have always gone to her family.
Ahh family dynamics.
It makes me a little sad. But, I try not to wallow in the “old times” but, the memories are still nice to think about now and again