Today's topic is all about your favorite holiday festivities, and admittedly, this holiday season will be WAY outside my comfort zone. As you probably all know, I have a five-year-old son from a previous relationship (I'm married to my college sweetheart now). Greyson's dad and I get along remarkably well for two people who have a history. We make sure our focus is our son, and we both have wonderful spouses who also love our child.
Most years we split the Christmas holiday right down the middle, but this year, G. will be traveling with his dad, stepmom, and siblings to upstate New York to visit that branch of the family. He'll be gone from the evening of December 17 to December 28.
It's going to be very weird celebrating Christmas with my husband and my mom but no kiddo. I know it's the right thing for him to do as these long trips don't come around very often, and it's the first one his dad has taken since G. was born in 2010.
Several people in my personal life, friends from work and family alike, have commented that I'm "powered by Christmas cheer" this year, and to some extent that's true. But I'm also trying to squeeze in a fair bit of celebration before the kiddo takes off on his grand adventure.
How are we celebrating?
|Our living room. I can't get enough of our tree.|
|In the middle of decorating, a selfie-stick pic.|
|Ugly sweater party!|
|The star shower is our favorite easy out when it comes to house decorating.|
Christmas movies! We've had several evenings of on-couch movie watching. One night I insisted on the Jim Carey version of The Grinch. Greyson complained while he sat in his chair completely rapt. Mom wins.
There will be other traditions, but our official family get-together has been shifted to New Year's Eve. This is when we gather with cousins and stuff ourselves. Christmas day will be a skeleton crew of my husband, my mom, and myself. We'll open some gifts, make the best of it, and probably just hang out talking all day. David mentioned ordering a bulk box of flowers from Sam's Club to deliver to a nursing home or hospital to get us out and doing something positive.
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