Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Home for the holidays

Last year we visited both sides of our family for Christmas--two weeks of vacation split between Missouri and Arkansas.

We read, we ate, we relaxed, and generally enjoyed a low-key holiday. HP was a champ when it comes to traveling and went with the flow. Later nap than usual? Delayed flight? Long trips in the car seat? No problem. The child who normally woke up before 5:30 a.m. regularly slept until 7 at both grandparents' houses. Amazing. All in all, the holidays were lovely.

That said, I am looking forward to staying home this year. Not because we had a bad time, and not because there was anything particularly stressful about our experience, but because I want HP to experience what I had growing up--a simple, beautiful Christmas at home.

I have always been attached to spending Christmas with my family--probably too attached at times. I love all of our traditions (most of which revolve around food, of course) and I wanted HP to be a part of it. But being home last year made me realize that I don't want to recreate memories of my childhood for HP; I want to create new memories and traditions with him.

After having stress-free Thanksgivings in Austin the last few years, the thought of spending Christmas at home is even more appealing. I don't want HP's holidays (or ours!) to be filled travel--no matter how pleasant the experience is once we arrive. Never having to travel for the holidays? Now that is living the dream.

1 comment:

  1. I love your comment about not wanting to recreate the memories of your childhood but wanting to create your own traditions. When I was younger I was so focused on going home and doing things exactly the way that we had always done them, but in the past couple of years, I've really wanted to create my own holiday traditions. The hard part for us has been trying to figure out how to navigate those conversations with our families without having hurt feelings. It's an ongoing challenge...