A trip to Vancouver

Reflections

Christmas #1 has come and gone and wow, am I hungover.  But this is a totally different hangover than when I was footloose and fancy-free.
This one consists of an overload of food, presents, chocolate and family.  And the one thing about this hangover that is different from the alcohol induced varieties is that instead of me regretting it and having to eat McDonald's to get over it, this hangover is making me want more.  Of family that is.  The rest I could do without.
So more it is.
This year is the first year that we officially stopped family hopping during the holidays.  It was just way too hectic and we couldn't really relax and enjoy ourselves.  Add in a couple of kids and their schedules and it would be mayhem.  Instead it was nice to be able to unpack and enjoy the surroundings without having to think of where we're off to next and at what time.
This weekend coming up we'll be spending time with my side of the family for our Christmas.  And yes, we'll do it all again: the food, the presents, the chocolate and the family, which I'm sure will leave me feeling with the same hangover of gratitude for the people around us.

It doesn't matter when you celebrate Christmas because really it's about the presence, isn't it?  It's about having time to make new memories and share tradtions. And that's what I love the most about Christmas.  Whenever or wherever it is.

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