This is the first year in about 10 years that we’re not going to Wisconsin for the holidays. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are expecting a baby sometime in the next couple of weeks, so they decided not to fly with their newborn for the holidays and we followed suit. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to leave them here while we hop on a plane with our spastic toddler for a 4.5 hour flight. I don’t have enough vacation time built up even if we did want to attempt the craziness that is taking a long plane ride with Jack. Joe’s parents are flying here the day after xmas to meet the newest member of the family and celebrate the holidays with us, but we don’t have any formal plans set for the day itself.
If all goes well, my sister and her husband will be flying to California for xmas. Most of our family is located in Sacramento, which is about an hour and a half away. I have friends there, too. We could make our rounds and hit up all the people we haven’t spent time with in the past decade. That sounds like a good plan, doesn’t it? I have this bug in my ear that is insisting that I reconnect with my family members. It’s been get louder since Jack was born.
I also have an urge to do the traditional thing and bake a dinner in our home – something I have never done before! We have the space, although our kitchen is miniscule. Still, most things can be made ahead of time. So, who knows, perhaps I’ll do put on my Suzy Homemaker hat and get all domestic for the holidays.
Then there is the question of HOW to celebrate. As most of you know, Joe and I are not religious. We have in the past exchanged gifts with family to be festive but with every move we’ve made it’s become more evident that we really don’t need any more stuff! This year we are going to focus on the kids in the family since they are the ones having all the fun anyway. I am more interested in the food, to be honest.
This is our break out year. The year when our little family starts it’s own traditions. There are so many options! I’m highly interested to see where it all goes.