It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

With our recent snow storm, it truly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

My backyard in Windham, Maine

My backyard in Windham, Maine

And I cannot wait! I love sitting around the dinner table with my grandparents, my mom, my sister, and my boyfriend sharing stories and holiday cheer. My Christmas used to always be the same; my grandparents would join us at our house in Lovell for Christmas eve dinner, Christmas morning, and stay into the evening. Lots of food, plenty of wine, and lots of family shenanigans. 

However, this summer my mom sold the house I my sister and I grew up in. Oh the memories! So many Christmas dinners and family gatherings were spent in that house! Almost 22 years of memories to be exact. But now a new family lives there and they will make their own memories and find their own place for the Christmas tree. (Oh dear I just got a little sentimental!) 

But the truth is, it's not where you spend your Christmas, it's who you spend it with. And a house certainly doesn't make a home. So no matter where you are this holiday season or who you are with, make it special in your own way. 

Times are changing & so will your traditions

Times are changing & so will your traditions

Tradition doesn't mean you have to do the same thing every year with the same people. Traditions can be bent or stretched to your needs or liking. Maybe you're in a new apartment away from home, but that doesn't mean you can't create your own traditions or do something a little different. One year I spent Christmas dinner at my friend's church serving dinner to the public. 

Two or three years ago my mom didn't really like that I wanted to split my time between our own family and my boyfriend's family during the holidays. But she realized it was just as important to spend time with her as it was to show appreciation and spend time with my boyfriend's family. 

Be happy this holiday season, be thankful for your friends and family, and make sure you tell your loved ones what they mean to you!

 

Be well, 

Lauren R.