For the past 9 years I avoided spending the holidays with my family in Canada. Like everyone else, my family has its share of dysfunction, but the problem was really me. Over the years I developed the attitude that Christmas was for kids and that without my own kids I didn’t fit into this holiday anymore. It was easier to just escape the whole ordeal and spend Christmas with people who had the same lifestyle and attitude as my own.
But this year I decided to give the family Christmas another try. Yes, I certainly questioned my own sanity as to why I would want to trade a 3 week cruise in the Caribbean with my husband for -12C degrees and freezing my butt off in Canada. The answer: FAMILY.
I’ve got the best siblings in the world! My brother and I went for walks and had virtual snow ball fights on Wii. My sister-in-law laughed with me (or at me, I’m not sure) while I attempted Kung Fu Wii and has created a mini me Wii on her console. I’m hooked!
My sister and her hubby cooked an enormous turkey (22 pounds!) and fed a gang of 11 with all the fixings. My 17-year-old niece gave up her bed for me (thanks Age!) and my sister and I did what we do best …we had a girls night out, drank too much and rocked the dance floor all night (we may be over 40 but we still know how to have fun).
So, although I am a Wii bit sore from all that Kung Fu, a bit heavier from all that good food and still as pale as a mozzarella stick on the beach, I don’t regret one second of my decision to break my deep freeze attitude about Christmas or for freezing my butt off instead of working on my tan.
I’m back on board with my husband now, we rang in the New Year together and in 4 days I will be on yet another airplane (10 airplanes in 15 days…my new record!) heading back to Italy.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! And as they say in Italy: Buon Anno!