Personal – December #Reverb17 Week 2

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We’ve reached the point of the year with Project Reverb where it goes to a daily prompt.  As I already have so much to talk about, I limit myself to one post per week where I address as many of that week’s prompts as seem appropriate. If you’re interested in seeing my responses to the weekend Instagram challenges (which I’m sporadic on this year), head on over to my account.

Dec. 11 // What is one family tradition you’re happy to let fall to the wayside?

Man, I love our family traditions.  And there aren’t so many that I feel like losing any of them would be worth it.  Probably the only “tradition” I’m willing to lose is where we all stay up way too late on Christmas Eve, finishing gift wrapping and putting bows on wrapped gifts all while watching a combination of “A Christmas Story” and the midnight mass with the Pope.  Reasons for being ok with losing this: “A Christmas Story” is on for 24 hours.  We don’t need to watch it late at night.  We aren’t Catholic, and as much as I enjoy our progressive, Argentine Pope, I wouldn’t miss it if we didn’t watch him.  And finally, as much as I’m very good at wrapping gifts, in recent years I’ve gotten lazy.  I barely want to wrap and be-ribbon my own gifts, let alone the ones my parents have left to the last minute, and are often for myself or my siblings.  Fortunately, I think I get to opt out of this one from here on out because we’ve got the girls to put to bed and I’m not staying the night at my parents house.

The tradition I have lost that makes me sad is jumping on my siblings to wake them up on Christmas morning.  I bet you won’t be surprised to learn that we only stopped doing this the year my sister got married and didn’t stay at my parents house overnight, which was in the last five years.  Ah, memories.

Dec. 12 // Was there anyone/anything you lost this year that you’d love to have one more day with? What would you do/say?

Am I allowed to say President Obama?  Can I want him back forever?  But seriously – I lost a family friend recently who was sort of like a grandfather to me.  He was so sweet, and died recently.  The only thing I wish I could tell him would be that he meant a lot to me, and that I am thankful for the time we did have together.  But somehow, I think he knows.

Dec. 13 // How do you balance seeing loved ones in different places over the holidays? Do you alternate spending the holidays with you and your partner’s parents? Do you try to see as many people as possible on the big day? How does that juggling make you feel?

This is where I feel like I’m cheating.  The Boy’s family all live overseas, and while I’m sure they would enjoy seeing him/us for the holidays, it’s expensive.  And we don’t see them often anyways, and for a plane trip that long, you want it to be worth your time, and … I don’t know how it would work.  In any case – we live here, we keep in touch, and we see each other when we can.  And it makes things easy because my family is centrally located nearby, and we have a place to go for the holidays that is nice and cozy and homey, and doesn’t take a lot of effort.  See what I said about it feeling like cheating?

Dec. 14 // Can you remember your first Christmas away from home? Where were you, and how did you feel?


HAHAHAHAHA.  Guys – I’m in my mid 30s and I’ve never spent a holiday away from my family.  The first time I spent Thanksgiving away from my parents was this year when they went to visit my sister and her family overseas.  But we were with my aunt and uncle, cousins, and Ben and Nicole were there too.  Again – more cheating.  I have a feeling the first Christmas I spend away from home will be the first Christmas that I’m not at my parents house, and that’s whenever my parents make the leap to move somewhere farther than a 25 minute drive from our house.

Dec. 15 // Which part of the adult-you would your childhood-you be really excited about?

Having my own tree.  Getting to decorate it.  Having a family to decorate it with.  Getting to play Santa.  To bake cookies, fill the advent calendar, buy stocking gifts.  She would like all the nostalgic decorations I’ve got, and would probably vote for more holiday themed pillows and EVEN MORE blankets strewn on various seats.  She would want more gifts for everyone, but thankfully adult-me is pretty good at sticking to a budget in general, and is better at it this year than last.

Details: This post is part of Project Reverb 2017, which sends a daily writing challenge for bloggers during the month of December.  If you’re interested in participating, sign up here or visit their facebook group.

1 Comment

  1. Ben says: Reply

    Ok lets talk the traditions real quick. I agree on watching the midnight mass, that is so pointless since we aren’t catholic.. But the rest of it is great! I love just having a cup of tea or coffee and spicing it up with some adult beverage and watching A Christmas Story! It’s probably the one time all day that we will actually watch it since the rest of the day is spent getting ready for Christmas Eve, the biggest Keller holiday of the year.

    I think you are mis-judging when you last woke us up by jumping on us. The year middle sister (does she want her name on here? idk whatever) got married you woke up Nicole by jumping on her because I wasn’t so bad off and she wakes up late. It was the year before when we chugged wine at dinner that you would have been able to wake us up that way.

    Holidays away from family is one that will definitely be a weird change, the first time I had a Thanksgiving away from immediate family was when you guys went to Syracuse and I stayed home with Toby because we couldn’t just have him at the kennel for the weekend anymore, but I still had 1210. Plus this past Thanksgiving where Mom and Dad were away like you said. But like we live 2 hours away and we come up for Christmas, and the other sibling’s family were 4 hours away and they did the same, if not further when they had Christmas in Pittsburgh, soooo more than a 25 minute drive seems like that is asking a bit much to me, I think you could give that a little more leeway. I understand that your situation is different with the girls so I will give you that. I keep thinking about what is gonna happen when Mom and Dad move away from where they are. Will their event move to their new place? Will they go to you or to us? Would we still go to them since they most likely won’t be that far? I don’t know and it will be interesting to find out what they want to do!

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