Christmas is this week, and I am not quite so excited. See this year things are going to be different. Very different.
Every year we get up on Christmas morning and either go to, or are already at, my Mom & Dad’s house. We rise and shine and first things first rush to our stockings to open gifts like the 5 year olds we secretly are. Then Mom makes her mimosas for all and a yummy breakfast casserole. We eat, drink, get merry and get dressed before all gathering around the tree. Where gifts are open round-robin style. Every person gets a gift, every person opens their gift one person at a time, and repeat.
We have done this in my family for well, forever, and when Alex and I got engaged and subsequently married he was absorbed with love into this fun family tradition. And things would be going swimmingly along this year except we were thrown a curve ball.
This year, mimosas are out. Breakfast casserole is out. Rushing to our stockings is out. A whole of stuff is out. Because for this year, Alex is going to work. Yuppers, I just said work. Turns out his employer operates this aspect of their business (and their contract workers) without regard for Christmas Day. Or the fact that he already worked Thanksgiving Day. He will get up and head to work like it were any other day of the year, coming home around 5 p.m.
Where we will go to my Mom and Dad’s then for Christmas Day about 8 hours late. It’s weird.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful he has a job. I’m grateful he gets extra money for working a holiday. I’m grateful that he gets to come home and celebrate the day at some point, which is unlike so many others out there whose family is unable to celebrate with them. But this is still odd.
Things aren’t bad, just different. And I deal with different slowly. Still I am focusing on the positive. Mom has promised us mimosas no matter what time we get there! YAY!
Do you have any fun family holiday traditions that you wouldn’t want to give up? Perhaps you open gifts on Christmas Eve or maybe you have stockings on your bed not near your fireplace on Christmas morning? I’m all about learning new traditions, so please do share!!