Ohhh my God, guys. I’ve missed you so much. I did NOT plan on missing out on the entire holiday season with you. I had so many good Christmas posts up my sleeve, but alas, I spent my weeks leading up to today overworking in the “real” world. I must admit, I’ve been tired and a little cranky- not quite following my resolution to write every day and take good care of myself. I hope to put an end to all of that starting today, my favorite day of the year.
I’m sure in our nearly two years together, I’ve discussed how Christmas Eve is much better than Christmas Day. For one, you still have the entire holiday ahead of you- and if you’re lucky, that includes lots of indulgent food, holiday cheer (liquid and regular,) presents, music, family, friends, and good food. I literally just saw that I wrote food twice, and I could delete it- but I won’t. I want you to really know the true me. I guess I still have some sleep to catch up on.
I am one of those people who can smell my Christmas memories in the scents of the season, hear it in my favorite holiday albums, and flashback to my dad turning to us as kids and lip syncing “He don’t miss no one..” while singing “Little Saint Nick.” I love every moment. And I LOVE tradition. It took many years for me to accept the fact that we were no longer going to my aunt’s to celebrate Christmas Eve because my dad developed allergies to her cats. Once I got accustomed to the idea of going out to a lavish Christmas Eve dinner at our favorite restaurant, guess what- they changed it on me again. I was not happy.
Now that I’m older and wiser, I’ve learned to just be grateful for whatever Christmas Eve ends up being. Whether it rains or snows, whether it’s held at my house or split between several locations, or whether we black out on White Russians (tradition) or not- I am thankful to have the opportunity to be with the people I love. This year was pretty difficult at some moments, and surreally wonderful at others- but all of it has reminded me that no matter what, I am so lucky to be here and enjoy the smells, sounds, and yes- tastes of Christmas.
From The Daily Sampler to your home, I wish you all a beautiful Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa full of new memories and old traditions.