I had the best intentions last night. I finished dinner and was all set to pack my suitcase, but when I saw Miracle on 34th Street on television, I just couldn’t pass it up! So, rather than be the responsible little wife I’d hoped to be, I snuggled into the couch, enjoyed the movie and treated myself to a holiday-themed dessert.
As much as I’m ready for Christmas, I still feel like it’s snuck up on me this year. Maybe it’s because I’m far away from my family again. This will be the second year I don’t get to see my parents for Christmas and it’s something that’s been a little difficult to handle. Last year, we were all so busy that we barely spoke to each other on Christmas. I know people do long-distance holidays all the time, but there’s something to be said for all being together and taking time as a family to slow down and savor the blessings we have. This year, even though we won’t all be together, I have high hopes. Sure, my parents will be in sunny Florida while I’m in Oregon, but for the first time in ages, all four of us “children” will be together. And it’ll be the first time we’re all together with my Granny, Grampa, and Great Aunt Liddie. We also get to celebrate with two new husbands (The Huz and my lovely sister, Rachel’s, husband and new-daddy Ben), my aunt, uncle and cousin, and beautiful baby Luna. I’m a big softy at heart, so I’m sure I’ll still shed a tear when I wake up in the morning without my stocking stuffed full of goodies and my mom making strudel in the kitchen. But, my spirits will quickly brighten when, again, I am reminded of my blessings all around me. Tomorrow morning I’ll be celebrating with my in-laws with Christmas breakfast and then we’ll embark on our trip to the great wild west.
I’ll be at Christmas Eve dinner tonight, so I don’t know if I’ll be blogging, but I hope each and every one of you is celebrating this holiday season and the new year with someone you love, whether it’s family, friends or a significant other. Whoever you love, hug them and treasure the memories your making each day.
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