Wednesday, October 29, 2008



I suppose it is no consequence that our local theatre company is doing this right now.

Hunk O Man and I had our annual "what's happening for the holidays" discussion last Friday, during our Friday date. We have lunch every Friday so we can have an actual conversation. Friday is his day off.

So here's the deal: I can count on one hand the amount of times I've spent Christmas morning somewhere other than my parents' house. I have always been a stickler for going home for Christmas.

I am a stick in the mud when it comes to tradition. Some things just need to be done a certain way. All my married life, even when I lived at the other end of the country, I figured out a way for us to spend Christmas with my parents.

But last year, I vowed we would start our own tradition. It's high time, I thought, that I should be the one making the noodles and pumpkin pie. The girls are getting to the age where they'll be leaving home soon, and I want them to always come home for Christmas if possible. So I thought 'ok, I'll bite the bullet and make a new tradition.'

I was resolved. My mind was made up.

When I asked Rose recently what she'd like to do for Christmas, she said this:

"Well, if we stay here that's fine.
But it's just not Christmas unless we have it at Grandma and Pappy's house."


So over lunch last Friday, Hunk O Man said,
"I think I can work out vacation time to travel this Christmas."

OK. I give!

And here's the deal:

1. I already created the tradition. I've always said it shouldn't be changed.
2. Grandma and Pappy won't always be here.
We should go to them as long as we can.
3. When we head north, we can see Hunk O Man's mama as well.
4. I've been outvoted six to one.

So here's to tradition! We're traveling this year. Again.

(hooray! Don't tell anybody I said that, ok?)

1 Comment:

Debbie said...

It is so hard to break those long-standing traditions. We went to my in-laws for my twins first Christmas. I was miserable. So, the next we started staying at our house and then going there a few days later. I have been happy ever since. But I was lucky - I started that before my kids had memories.