This morning I texted Nicole with my ideas about what I want to get Addie for Christmas. Then I told her that I never want it to be a hassle for them about which family to spend Christmas with. Nicole has a sister and her husband has a brother and sister and that family is a very close knit family. They plan their holidays way in advance and no one misses their holiday dinners/festivities. So, Nicole’s family then plans their celebrations around when Nicole’s sister can be there and since we’ve never been near enough to be a part of any of the plans, they don’t have to worry about sharing Nicole and her family with us. I told Nicole we can do Christmas lunch or Christmas dinner or even Christmas Eve. I would like to do our first Christmas at our new house but after that, we can go to their house for Christmas or they can come to our house. I’ll be living close enough that I can bring dishes to their house or they can take leftovers home from our house.
I hadn’t really thought about the holidays til this morning. Living here for nine years, I’ve pretty much downplayed the holidays because it wasn’t a lot of fun celebrating with just us. It seemed crazy to cook for two days, have way more leftovers than we’d ever eat, then get up from the table and go do what we always do, with no family to sit around and visit with.
Now that I’ve thought about it and Nicole and I are planning . . I really cannot wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hoping and praying that coronavirus doesn’t get worse to the point that it isn’t safe to visit with family . . though in Texas, we may already be at that point.