Friday, November 25, 2011

Changing Traditions

Holiday traditions evolve over time, not just within a culture, but within families, too. Children grow up and start new families, elders pass on, people move back and forth across the country (or the world) in search of better jobs or living conditions. New family units regroup and rethink and plan new ways to celebrate.

Part of the joy of my holidays now is just being alone with my partner to savor some peace and quiet, stuff ourselves with everything we like to eat, and count our many blessings. No more insane five-hour drives in pelting rain to arrive on time for a relative’s turkey dinner, no sleeping overnight at the airport because of delayed flights back home, no worrying that you’ll stir the gravy wrong and piss off your mother-in-law, and no cringing when old Uncle So-and-so gets to the bottom of his third scotch and starts blowing off steam.

Ah, solitude.


Enjoy your holiday weekend!


  1. Oh Katrina, have you been inside my head?? My husband and I spent the day alone-together yesterday and it was bliss. Just two quiet people, reading and eating and enjoying a lovely day. In solidarity,


  2. I know exactly what you mean! The mister and I had our Thanksgiving dinner at an amazing bay side restaurant, and loved every minute of it.

    It's not always an easy place to get to when family dynamics are involved, but I highly recommend it to those who can.

    Glad to hear that you had a great holiday!

    xo, Anita

  3. Ah, so true. While we still do travel for family holidays, sometimes, we've started sprinkling in a few just by ourselves. And oh, is it wonderful! I think maybe we'll alternate, for now, to get the best of both worlds.