(Did I spell that right? I tried “business” and that did not seem right.)
It is our first Christmas Eve as a family that we were not on leave. This may not mean anything to many people, but it means a lot to us. For all of our married life, we have been traveling on the Holidays. The only time we spent a holiday at home was when we had no choice. Last year we could not travel because Beth was pregnant with Tony for Thanksgiving, and she had just given birth three days before Christmas.
We standardly took three weeks of leave in December. This was just about the only time of year that we were afforded the opportunity, but it worked out well as we were able to spend the Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day with friends and family. This was a break in our lives, and we were really able to enjoy the Holidays.
This year is a change. We are not traveling. We are not even on vacation being that we both started (relatively) new jobs, and are now the low people on the totem poles and therefore will miss out on all the prime vacation time. We are not able to “take a break” to enjoy the the Season. All of the special events will occur in the midst of our routine. We have been so busy that we have not even wrapped the boys presents, although I think that it would be an appropriate tradition for me and Beth to standardly wrap the presents on Christmas Eve.
Today begins with a visit from my Grandpa. He has never been to our new place, so I am excited to show him out first home (that we owned.) I am glad that he will be busy around the Holidays. There is something to be said about being busy for this reason. His visit will be followed with a visit to my step-father-in-law’s mother house. (Did you all get that?) This will quickly be followed by the first of two church services that Beth and I will be participating in this evening. We are looking to get home a little after midnight tonight, and I am sure that the boys will be up early tomorrow morning.
I am glad that we are so busy. We are involved because there are people that we care about and people that care about us.
Merry Christmas and may your Holiday Season be busy, and filled with joy!