I absolutely LOVE family holidays!! I have a very large family who all live very near each other. Since we celebrate every (all 29) family member's birthday...and all the other mainstream holidays, we are together, in all, 33 times in a year...at least, as I've left out anniversaries and just little get-togethers. I did not always LOVE this tradition. I come from a small family originally, and married into a large one. It took about 10 yrs for me to grow an appreciation for these occasions. I had to learn to value the strength of family, and the comfort it provides, then realize that each family member's contribution lends to this strength.