A Different Kind of Christmas

Mamacita says:  More than any other event or day, Christmas ought to be full of tradition and memories, and fraught with a kind of “sameness” that tells each generation that “Christmas is here.”  I know I am the yellow M&M here, but the thought of Christmas on a cruise ship or in a mountain cabin or in Hawaii or any other place other than where it’s always been, is horrifying to me, because Christmas belongs at home, surrounded by familiar things brought out only in December, and later at the home of the grandparents, where we are all surrounded by THEIR things brought out only in December.  I still believe that Christmas calls people “home.”  Or ought to.

This year, we are celebrating Christmas Eve with my MIL, as always.  We will celebrate Christmas Morning at home, as always.  But instead of heading out to Grandmother’s house for Christmas afternoon, we are all heading north to my Other Sister’s house.  Nobody minds doing this because there is an excellent reason for it this year:  we’ll have a brand-new precious grandchild/cousin/niece//great-niece/great-grandchild, far too new to travel, to coo over, and this makes having Christmas Afternoon in a different place okay this year.

I’m all for trying new things in almost any context, except for holidays.  But I’m also fully able to appreciate the need for change once in a while, and a brand-new teeny-tiny member of the family is totally worth pulling up holiday roots for.  Besides, I’ve only seen my Other Sister’s Christmas tree twice, and both times it was beautiful to behold.  Her home is lovely, and I know she’s looking forward to hosting our family Christmas this year.  We’re looking forward to it, too.  It’s good for people to do familiar things differently sometimes; it just hurts a bit to be pulled up by the roots.

If ever I win a Christmas Cruise, I’ll give it away; the very idea of a “vacation Christmas” is abhorrent.  I wouldn’t mind a New Year’s Cruise, or a Fourth of July Cruise, or perhaps a September weekend in Hawaii, but having Christmas Day where we’ve never had it before?  I admit it:  I’m torn.  Please, family, cut me some slack, while I try really hard to enjoy the day and not be a drag for anybody else.   I really and truly am looking forward to seeing everyone for Christmas, wherever it might be.  And a new baby is always worth changing one’s stagnant ways for!

I also hope everyone in the family takes some time to come down and visit our mother and admire her Tree; she puts all that holiday stuff up for us, mainly (although her Red Hats and 49ers will get to see it, too!) and it would make her really happy if all her kids stopped by before the season ends and she has to take it all down again without all of us having seen it and sat amongst it for at least a little while.

Now, family dear, let’s all watch ourselves closely!  If anybody with even the SNIFFLES dares to lean over that new baby, Aunt Jane someone will have something to say about it!  Nobody who is accompanied by sneezes, coughs, or mucus in any form should be near a new baby!  Cover that dirty shirt!  Support her head!  Don’t give her that!  Are you sure she ought to be wearing that?  Shouldn’t you cover her feet?  Where do you keep her receiving blankets?  A little bit won’t hurt her!  Why would you put SHOES on a new baby?  Don’t you know how to hold a baby?  You’ve got to be kidding me!  Should you be letting her do that?  (I’m practicing.  New mothers love advice, right?)  🙂

The excitement of a new baby due any moment is getting to me.  It’s a wonderful contented frustration.

Also?  I call dibs on holding her.  Back off.


Comments

A Different Kind of Christmas — 18 Comments

  1. Mom, I love you and your tree to pieces, but if I win a Christmas vacation, I’ll just have to give you a call on the big day and send you a postcard! If I make my millions 🙂 and move into my stone-cold castle with no carpet anywhere (an odd dream house, but it’s my dream house) I’ll send you a plane ticket and a pair of house slippers and start a new Christmas tradition.

  2. Mom, I love you and your tree to pieces, but if I win a Christmas vacation, I’ll just have to give you a call on the big day and send you a postcard! If I make my millions 🙂 and move into my stone-cold castle with no carpet anywhere (an odd dream house, but it’s my dream house) I’ll send you a plane ticket and a pair of house slippers and start a new Christmas tradition.

  3. For the most part, I agree with you, BUT…our traditions are somewhat adaptable. In the event that I ever have grandchildren, I want their events to come first. This is how it should be, imo. I will more than happily go to them, if invited.

    My oldest is still in high school and has plans for his life that currently don’t involve children (Thank God!), plus he’s a boy and hasn’t thought about the possibility. Also, there are just too many variables to have it all “set” right now for us. Right now, we do have quite a few traditions and I hope to keep them, but I can’t say what the future holds as my children form their own families.

    Personally, I do look forward to a time when we can travel, either for Christmas or just because we want to. I really hope it happens, too!

  4. For the most part, I agree with you, BUT…our traditions are somewhat adaptable. In the event that I ever have grandchildren, I want their events to come first. This is how it should be, imo. I will more than happily go to them, if invited.

    My oldest is still in high school and has plans for his life that currently don’t involve children (Thank God!), plus he’s a boy and hasn’t thought about the possibility. Also, there are just too many variables to have it all “set” right now for us. Right now, we do have quite a few traditions and I hope to keep them, but I can’t say what the future holds as my children form their own families.

    Personally, I do look forward to a time when we can travel, either for Christmas or just because we want to. I really hope it happens, too!

  5. Another Christmas baby… How wonderful! Hopefully there will be a baby to hold by then. Elora was due on the 13th and you know what happened there.

    We are so excited to start our own traditions this year. We are driving home on Christmas Eve just so we can wake up here on the 25th. We’re then promptly returning to my childhood home the next day. I’ll have to make it a priority to stop by and see your mom’s tree. I’m sure she’d enjoy Elora.

  6. Another Christmas baby… How wonderful! Hopefully there will be a baby to hold by then. Elora was due on the 13th and you know what happened there.

    We are so excited to start our own traditions this year. We are driving home on Christmas Eve just so we can wake up here on the 25th. We’re then promptly returning to my childhood home the next day. I’ll have to make it a priority to stop by and see your mom’s tree. I’m sure she’d enjoy Elora.

  7. We’ve been away the last 2 Christmases…Hawaii 2 years ago and Mexico last year…so we’re staying put this year, as it should be. We’ve got an almost 2-week break this time around, too, so that’s pretty awesome to contemplate! BTW, don’t forget Sx3. Please drop by today if you have time!

  8. We’ve been away the last 2 Christmases…Hawaii 2 years ago and Mexico last year…so we’re staying put this year, as it should be. We’ve got an almost 2-week break this time around, too, so that’s pretty awesome to contemplate! BTW, don’t forget Sx3. Please drop by today if you have time!

  9. I am with you 100%. Some things just are and they are TRADITION. That being said, we are changing things up a little at our place, too, so that everyone can do what’s best for their bunch. However, we will have gather ’round the tree and fireside together, and that MAKES Christmas for me. Ours involves a new little girl, too; our first grandchild!

  10. I am with you 100%. Some things just are and they are TRADITION. That being said, we are changing things up a little at our place, too, so that everyone can do what’s best for their bunch. However, we will have gather ’round the tree and fireside together, and that MAKES Christmas for me. Ours involves a new little girl, too; our first grandchild!

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