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Christmas is just around the corner (three weeks, people!) and up until now it was widely believed that the Cambridges (Will, Kate, George, Charlotte and Louis) would be spending the holidays with Kate’s family in Bucklebury. It was, as far as we can tell, the Middletons’ turn to host (Will and Kate typically alternate Christmases with their families), so there was an expectation here: Middletons, many trees, family, all that.  But, things don’t always go according to plan.

According to People, Will, Kate and the kids are skipping Dec. 25 with the Middletons and joining the rest of the Royal Fam in Sandringham for Christmas with the Queen.

“They really loved Christmas [last year] and all had a wonderful time,” said a source. “I think the two women got on — they are definitely not best friends, but it was a really special time for them all to spend together.”

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It’s that time of year, right? Where things can get a little stressful, but the holidays are all about coming together and sharing and caring and giving and feeling the love. And this time next year things are going to be all kinds of different; what with a new baby and all. Maybe there’s a sense of forgiveness, or letting go in the air? Whatever the case, this Christmas is going to be a family one, a Royal Family one to be precise.

You know who wins in all this, though? The kids. Christmas is really all about them so wherever they’re happy is best. And while it would be nice for George, Charlotte and Louis to hang with Pippa and James‘s new baby, Arthur, the older two get to play with their cousins in Norfolk and Will and Kate can surely appreciate that.

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The Cambridges, however, won’t be bunking at the Palace, rather they’ll stay at their Anmer Hall home nearby. Last year, Harry and Meghan stayed with them, and while it would be easy to assume that won’t be happening again thanks to those pesky feud rumours, maybe we shouldn’t believe everything that’s being reported.

“Harry and Meghan really enjoyed staying at Anmer Hall last year, especially spending quality time with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and there’s no reason why they won’t want to do the same this year, especially as Meghan is going to be heavily pregnant,” an insider told The Telegraph. “It’s the best of both worlds in that they can take part in all the festivities at the big house, while retreating into their own space when needed. There would be total astonishment if Harry and Meghan don’t stay with William and Kate.”

Huh. Well, that’s counter to expectations. No word on what happens to Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, who was reportedly invited by The Queen to join the royals for Christmas. Does she stay at Sandringham or does she also go to Anmer Hall? Heck, it might just be easier if the Sussexes and Doria stay in the main house, but that will only further the rift rumours.

Whatever happens, all eyes will be glued on them — particularly, Megs and Kate — as they make that walk to and from Christmas mass. Can’t they all just get along for a couple of days? It would be nice to believe that this is all just gossip and the Cambridges and Sussexes are laughing at how wrong the press has got it, and Will and Kate genuinely like hosting Harry and Megs and Harry and Megs like staying with them. The kids will goof around with their uncle, Megs will hold baby Louis while Kate cooks and they’ll all enjoy each other’s company. Wouldn’t that be so much nicer? Boring, maybe, but nicer nonetheless.

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