Thursday, November 1, 2012
New Holiday Traditions
In recent years, holidays have become more difficult. We split each holiday between my family and Jason's, and coordinating everyone is difficult. Plus there's an issue with everyone being at different houses and arguing over who should host, or who should cook, and in the long run it becomes more stressful than it needs to be. If we throw in any friends from out of town, it's a full blown nightmare. In the end, it makes me kind of sad. I'm not sure why everyone has to have their own agenda during the holidays, and why it's about what one person wants as opposed to what the group as a whole wants, and the past few years have left me frustrated by the time we hit Black Friday. This year, however, feels different. This year in addition to our traditional families, we get to celebrate with our own quirky little family of hodge podge members. It's no secret that we don't currently have children, aside from our psudo-child teenager who we care about as if she were our own, so I've never experienced that small unit family togetherness that parents feel. We are in no way replacement parents for her, but through her we do get to have that experience for the first time this year. One more person to go along when we pick out the tree, one more person to help decorate, one more person to enjoy presents with on Christmas morning. Plus, we've inherited her boyfriend, who has become a part of our strange family unit, and a graduate from the theatre program who we have kind of adopted as "cool niece". All of these new and wonderful people in our lives seem to make the squabbling matter less. Regardless of who does or doesn't want to host dinner, or whose house we end up at, we will come home to our cozy house with our weird little family, drink hot chocolate, and have a lovely holiday. The rest of the world's problems don't matter when you can close the door and love where you are. We'll be in our kitchen, creating new traditions. This Christmas will be filled with cookies, cocoa, pine scent, twinkling lights and love. I'm not sure what more I could want.