My Christmas cards went into the mail today. I bought a lovely large silk poinsettia. I’ll attend a few holiday parties—my RWA chapter’s, one with friends, one with my bookclub—and that, my friends, will probably be the extent of Christmas at our house, at least in December.
When my boys were little, we spent a lot of time on the road during Christmas. My parents were five hours away so we’d pop south to visit them for a night and then we’d drive three hours east to visit my husband’s parents. Then it was a six-hour drive home. I have to confess that as much as I enjoyed visiting with our families, I also welcomed the two years when it snowed over Christmas because the boys got to sleep in their beds and Santa visited at our house. There wasn’t the stress of driving roads, usually in the cold and rain, filled with traffic as others tried to join family elsewhere.
It was just us—snug in our home.
So when my boys started getting serious about their girlfriends, I encouraged them to spend the holiday with her family. Drive to one destination, relax, enjoy the holiday. We’ll have our “Christmas” sometime in January.
And we’ve done that for five years now. Hubby and I started a tradition of going out to a very nice restaurant on Christmas Eve. Christmas day we catch a movie, then come home and prepare a small turkey dinner. It’s relaxed, it’s enjoyable, and I don’t have to worry about my boys being on the road.
I usually put up a tree but this year we’ll be meeting later than usual—in February—so I’m thinking the tree probably won’t go up. Or maybe it will. I haven’t decided.
I know the holidays can be difficult for those who don’t have family near or friends to visit. I think this is where creating other traditions for ourselves can be helpful, can give us something special to look forward to. After our turkey dinner, I’ll watch a few Christmas movies—Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Then I’ll probably curl up with a good book. What book would you recommend for holiday reading?
Lorraine has a Christmas novella, Deck the Halls with Love, that came out last Christmas. It’s a story of second chances.
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