Merry Christmas, my friends.
I have a weekend full of baking, card writing and cat snuggling to do for my very first Christmas away from my family in Seattle. I won’t pretend that it’s been a bit hard to think about being away from traditions that I’ve kept for almost 32 years: Christmas Eve candlelight communion at First Methodist, gorging on my mom’s lady finger cookies in the same Tupperware bin she’s had since I was eight and racing my brother down the stairs to the Christmas tree to claim annual bragging rights for the first one down on Christmas morning. I will even admit to listening to Manheimm Steamroller on Pandora for a few nights this past month to simulate being at home with my Mom who plays their music on repeat day in and day out for the entire month of November and December.
I will miss being in Georgia this year.
I chose to go home for a week at Thanksgiving this year due to exorbitant plane tickets in December and scheduling time off at the office. It was half the price and double the days if I went in November — pretty much a no brainer when you’re looking at spending two days of traveling just to hop to the opposite coast and back.
I’m grateful for an invitation from my boyfriend to his family’s dinner on Christmas. And I’m grateful for creating a few traditions of my own: putting up my first Christmas tree and finally splurging on my favorite Christmas candle: Thymes Frasier Fir. It makes the entire room smell like a Christmas tree and there’s nothing like a good smell to ease a homesick heart.
Peace to you and yours this Christmas. I will be offline next week, prepping the blog for a busy new year. Stay tuned for a post in 2012.
Happy Christmas. Best in 2012.