Christmas has always been my favorite time of year, as it is for many people. It’s hard not to get sucked into the feeling of the season; twinkle lights and hot cocoa are hard to resist. For me, it’s all about the big family gatherings, the gift exchanges, and catching up with people who are home for the holidays that I haven’t seen all year long. It’s a time of year that’s just warm and cozy, and gets me right in my feels (in the best possible way). This year, though, was really different from any other Christmas I’ve ever had – mostly, because I spent it pretty much solo.
“Celebrate in a quiet way, unwind, doing Christmas right this time.”
It was a lot like that song by The Waitresses, where she says she sort of feels like Uncle Scrooge for spending the holiday alone, but she definitely makes the most of it (and ends up with a cute guy in the end, get it girl).
I had my son on Christmas Eve, so we did presents from Santa while he was with me. My family has never done Christmas Eve presents before – we were always a pretty traditional early Christmas morning wake up and open presents type of family – but I know that a lot of people do Christmas Eve presents, so I just tried to roll with it. It was important for me to try to stay in the frame of mind that we were “making our own new traditions” instead of focusing on the fact that we were doing everything all wrong.
On Christmas Day, though, it was a little harder. I woke up totally alone, not even in my own bed (I’m house sitting until the 29th), feeling a little (okay, a lot) like Scrooge McDuck. I spent the morning loafing around feeling sorry for myself, and was finally able to convince myself to pull it together enough to drive back to my own apartment and take a shower around 1 pm.
Thankfully, my boyfriend showed up around 3 with some Christmas presents, which are always 3000% guaranteed to cheer me up, regardless of the situation (I’m not proud of it, but it’s who I am as a person). The rest of the day was spent together, relaxing with the wiener dog, drinking wine, and watching movies. All in all, it was a really normal day and I got to spend some time reflecting on the things that are really important to me, and what I want to accomplish in the year to come. Oh, and I obviously ended the day with my own cute guy, so win-win.
I hope you all had a very happy holiday, whatever that means to you. See you in 2019!