‘Tis the Season

Hanging out at the mall

Christmas Bear and I

Let me be honest. Earlier this year, after realizing that our road trip and future travels would have us out of the United States for the Christmas season, I was so excited. As a minimalist, I was actually smug. I pat myself on the back because I was so smart. No more mass consumerism in the name of baby Jesus. No pressure to participate in the traditional holiday events. No presents, no cards, I thought I would not need to even acknowledge the holiday as we planned to travel to a country that did not celebrate Christmas. Well, sometimes the Universe knows better than me what I need.

For the first time in almost ten years, my entire family will be together for the holidays. That is my parents, brothers and their families and Bean and I. We plan to do a great big breakfast with friends of my parents and a great big dinner with just us. I am sure it will be a great time. I feel just a teeny bit sorry for my dad because the noise level will be a bit out of control with seven grandchildren running around. In fact, he kinda reminds me of the Campbell’s Tomato Soup commercial asking, “When are they leaving?” However, we are making precious memories.

Whatever you do for the holidays, whether you celebrate or not, Bean and I wish you all the blessings of the Season! Join us in loving all the great things about this time (hot chocolate, family, friends, laughter, dessert, and lots of other good things to eat) and avoiding the rest (crowded parking lots, stress over what to buy, long lines and more stress)! Merry Christmas!

French Christmas

Aeroville, Roissy-en-France
wishes us a Joyeux Noel!

6 Comments on “‘Tis the Season

  1. Have a wonderful holidays !
    Once again…. Love to follow your stories and your journey ??

    • It was nice to be with my family. My brothers and I worked together and made a lovely
      Christmas dinner for all of the family to share. Even I was amazed at our final product!
      Good memories.

  2. There’s always next year! I feel like I kept it pretty low key this year. Relative to past years, anyway.

    • I think my greatest surprise was going into stores on Christmas Eve and seeing
      entire shelves empty of merchandise. I was in shock. It has been that long since
      I have participated in an American Christmas. I guess seeing with my own eyes
      how much some people value stuff for Christmas is believing.

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