Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas On the Road

by Leann

When I was a kid and lived near LOTS of relatives, we would make the
rounds and visit everyone on both Christmas Eve and again on Christmas. Presents were modest but card games and jigsaw puzzles and singing were plentiful. Though I have plenty of unpleasant memories, I am trying to focus on the positive. (My mother was an alcoholic, and for children of alcoholics the holidays often bring back pain.) But not this year!

I have a great crew of cousins (yes, that picture is of me, my brother the redhead and several of my cousins--but nowhere near all of them). We are all pretty close in age. And we had the same wicked
sense of humor that my dad's family possessed. There were a lot of laughs. And the penny poker games were great. A couple of us were always chasing my grandparents' cat Inky. He didn't like kids much and I usually came home with plenty of scratches. Didn't matter! My love for animals goes way back and it was a great part of the celebration--a celebration mostly filled with laughter.

Decades followed where we have done very little traveling at Christmas. Last year, with the arrival of a new granddaughter, we took a long plane ride to Seattle. It was worth the looooooong trip. With traveling more than 2 hours to the airport, the delays, the 6 hour plane trip, getting the rental car and then driving to my sister's place, we put in an 18 hour travel day. That's like going to Australia. Well, almost. But wonderful memories were made.

This year, because our house isn't finished and I wouldn't invite anyone to this rental house EVER, my daughter suggested they could drive down from NYC and we could meet somewhere in between and stay at a house--the kind people rent out by the night. She did all the work and that's what we're doing. A nice drive with all the pets included. I am so looking forward to it!

What about you? Travel plans? Staying home? Memories of travels and celebrations in the past? Tell me about it. Memories are so important!

11 comments:

char said...

Since we just moved to California this past July, it will be just the two of us. I missed Christmas with my family last year because I was sick. Had I known what was to come, I would have made it down to NJ from NY no matter what. Missed New Year's Eve also for the same reason. I hate living so far away. We have no family out here and it hurts to think I may never see them again. Enjoy your trip Leann and Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year for all.

Dru said...

That's such a great idea Leann. Enjoy your holiday.

Leann Sweeney said...

Char, I understand how you feel. Holidays aren't all created equal and I hope you find some happiness with your memories of Christmas past, but it just isn't the same. Somehow I know you'll find a way in the future to see your family again and it will be SO SWEET! Merry Christmas, friend!

Leann Sweeney said...

Dru, it is a great idea! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!

mary kennedy said...

Leann, the rental house sounds like a fabulous idea! The perfect solution. Have a wonderful holiday. We're staying put and people are coming here. Now if I can only find a place to stash the cats! The ferals are so timid they will hide behind a wall unit for hours on end. A dilemma. I think I better lure the cats onto the sun porch. They can enjoy their Christmas tuna out there. Have fun!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mary! Stashing cats is always a challenge. They are so un-stashable! Have a wonderful holiday with your guests!

Heather Blake Webber said...

Enjoy the time with your family, Leann! And wishing you a wonderful Christmas. xo

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Heather. You will be sorely missed on this blog. :-( Have a merry Christmas with your family! (But I think that's a given!)

Linda McDonald said...

Have a wonderful time with your family and Merry Christmas to you. As for me, we are staying home. Most of my family live in the same County as we do, and we will be seeing them all at my sister's house for a big Christmas Eve get together. Looking forward to it!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Linda! Have a wonderful time with your family. Sounds like a very merry Christmas to me!

ladyvyvian said...

My daughter, son-in-law and 4 grandkids will celebrate Christmas Eve as my house. Christmas day they will go to the other grandmother and I will spend it with some friends who have no family close to hand. We never had to travel very far as all my family lived close. Sadly there are very few left now.