stayristmas? stayistmas? stayxmas? stayukkah?

Usually I go to Europe during the Holidays, or sometimes I fly to exotic Indonesia, where my husband does research. This year we stayed at home. We kept presents for friends and family and for ourselves to a bare minimum or nada. Because, seriously? What would Jesus buy? Yeah, that’s what we thought, too.

(Incidentally, the people who moan the loudest about being stressed out because of commercialization are usually the ones going into overdrive: the item that’s only going to collect dust/ eight pillow covers in a weird size that you have to find pricey cushions for/ the thing you want to put in the salvation army bag right away/ even the homemade… uh… object. Or all of the above.)

On Christmas Eve I made delicious plump mussels in garlicky spicy tomato sauce that the two of us devoured. Great view from our windows. Candle on the table. We watched a prerecorded “It’s a Wonderful Life”. We cried and we laughed. We were thankful for what we have. It was stress-free and quietly wonderful. I don’t mean to sound jaded; I’m not and I know how lucky I am. It’s just that I haven’t enjoyed a Winter Holiday that didn’t involve airports and travel and jetlag in years. And although I missed my parents and siblings… it was fantastic. I might have to make it a tradition.

1 Response to “stayistmas”

  1. 1 spasmicallyperfect December 31, 2008 at 10:33

    Seems this is a bit of a trend throughout. We (Hubby, mother-in-law and myself) spent Christmas in a Chalet in the middle of the Muskoka woods, infront of a wood stove and opening the few presents (i.e. Food bank donations) with help of our flashlights as the power had been cut off by the weather.
    Before I phoned my displaced family (Mom and Sis in Thailand, Dad at home), it was a little odd but then like you, I really enjoyed the quiet, peacefulness of the moment.

    Stepping by to wish you and Hubby all the very best for New Years. Oh and, I have tentatively reserved the weekend of Family Day to come visit. Are you around or off to travels?

    Lets talk in the New Year. Luv, S.

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I really like the phrase "always an adventure". I am a Reiki Master and work as a therapist in Manhattan, in my private practice and at a cancer center. I also freelance as a translator in the New York City area and beyond.


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