It’s time put the turkey leg and Christmas cookies down. I have used the birthdays and holidays as an excuse for too long and it’s time to get back to the grind. It has been nice to take a mental break and relax though, I’m not going to lie.
My mother flies out every year from New England for Thanksgiving since it’s the most time she can get off from her shop. She co-owns a vintage shop so flexibility isn’t abundant there. This year I got a surprise when she sent me a message and asked if my grandmother could come along. My grandmother was bummed that I couldn’t make it back east for my uncle’s wedding this fall so she decided that she was going to take it upon herself to invite herself out here instead. Ha! I’m glad she did because it was great to see her, take her sightseeing, and the kids loved having her visit.
The three of us stayed up way too late gabbing and reminiscing about funny and not-so-funny family stories. I love catching up with the women in the family since it’s something that we don’t get to do very often with all of us being so spread out.
Then of course there was Christmas. It was quiet, just the immediate family as we do every year. I don’t know about you but I just don’t want to travel for Christmas. If we still lived closer to family then I would consider a Christmas Eve visit or dinner but now that we would have to fly and schlep all of the presents along with us? I just can’t do it. It’s too much at an already overly busy time of year.
It seems like Santa did a good job this year.
He we decided a few years ago to go lighter on toys because we have too much stuff. It was the move out here that really made me want to change because of all of the barely used toys that were sold at a yard sale and donated to Goodwill bordered on obscene. No, it was obscene. I have since concentrated on quality over quantity and my kids have been enjoying their gifts so much more.
In addition to the three major holidays we have three birthdays between November 5th and December 8th in this house. So while I enjoyed the holidays very much, I’m glad to be back to normal and am done trying to figure out the perfect gift for someone for a while.
. . . or at least I will be after our anniversary on the 23rd.
I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving, Christmas, Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa (whatever you celebrate) and will have a happy and prosperous 2015!