Not really about the holidays, but about my decision to work Thursday and Friday this week. I usually take the entire week between Xmas and New Year’s off but this year I figured there wasn’t really a need, plus I had work I needed to do, plus I thought I’d give the opportunity for other people in my department to take those days off. Well, all that is still true, but it just felt wrong to be working today!
Aside from that, we had a nice holiday with my family. This year we tried to scale things back but there was still an abundance of food, presents and family time — all good stuff, but by Day Three (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day) we were pretty tired, plus Keith had a migraine on Christmas and then came home with a bit of a head cold. Maybe next year we can do something really simple — Keith and I (and my family, in years past) have loved going skiing on Christmas — maybe we can reinstate that next year. Although, now that I think about it, I actually did get to go skiing this Christmas, just an hour of cross-country skiing, but it was still pretty great. Probably wouldn’t be too difficult to bring that tradition back around in some form, especially now that my brother lives so close to excellent ski country. I think we can scale gifts back even further next year too. Once we finished doing stockings, I was happy and didn’t feel like I needed or wanted anything else. We’ll assess next year. Keith and I did “Thriftmas” gifts for each other (thrift shop gifts under a certain $ limit) and we enjoyed that — we’ll probably keep that tradition; the treasure-hunting is fun.
The nephews of course were the stars of the holiday, and I loved all the time with them and the rest of my family — both related and chosen. Still, it’s good to be home and as usual, I am now ready to take down all the decorations. I love having them up, and then I love putting them away and putting the house back in order.
Speaking of, I’m spending Saturday painting my office — and then THAT room can be put in order and then the house will be mostly “put away” and we can start the year fresh. We do an annual ‘purge’ of the entire house and garage and since we still have quite a few mystery boxes from the move, we’re looking forward to to clearing stuff out and getting everything in order.
Well, another day of work and then another four days off — looking forward to starting the year fresh with some new goals & exciting projects, a tidy house, and some good rest. We aren’t doing anything special for New Year’s and I can’t wait!