Holidays for Two

Laurie Childree By Laurie Childree, 6th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Writing>Family

As a child holidays were a family affair with everyone gathered around my grandparents' table. They were a time of anticipation and hope. Now they are a time for just the two of us (my daughter and I) to connect.

Reflecting

There was a time when the holidays were full of family and friends. Through the years, they have turned into something of an exercise in isolation.

I can remember my grandparents spending a week or so making cakes and pies for the holidays. My family would drive in, and eat all the homemade goodies that they made. Thanksgiving was a time to eat, and Christmas was too. The only difference is that I would enjoy the cold chill in the air and look forward to opening presents Christmas morning.

My Youngest
The Christmas tree used to be decorated with the things that she had made in school. Now the tree is smaller, and the store-bought decorations that replaced the homemade decorations we were forced to leave have been lost. The tree will be bare this year.

Planning For Two

While I have a new man in my life the chances of his work schedule and the distance between us means that we are not likely to see him during the holidays. The holidays are mandatory work days in his line of work which means that I'd have to be closer to see him during the season.

Dinners
I am cooking, the meal will be delivered the day before Thanksgiving so I can make it when I want to. I am already planning for leftovers because we eat so little at a time. The outdoor table is inside, and just big enough for the two of us. We'll have our holiday meals as a twosome, and then we'll have a picnic in the floor with the leftovers.

Gifts are Hidden
The few Christmas and Birthday presents that I managed for my little girl are hidden away waiting to be wrapped. I am in need of tape and birthday wrapping paper. These will be purchased the first week in December, meanwhile I am simply tucking money away for small stocking stuffers. She is happy with little things, and new craft supplies are inexpensive and will make her day.

Friends and Family at a Distance

I'll be keeping track of my friends and the little bit of family that I have through Facebook. I'll be sending cards to a select few to let them know that I am thinking of them even though I can't be near them during the holidays.

Wishing
While I wish that the baby had a holiday surrounded by family and friends I know that one day she will. I look forward to her enjoying the days of hectic planning just to remember what went wrong as a funny story.

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Christmas, Christmas Dinner, Family Holidays, Holiday Dinner, Love, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Dinner, Thanksgiving Traditions

Meet the author

author avatar Laurie Childree
I'm the single mother of an autistic child a published author. I have a wide range of topics that interest me including personal finance, writing, self employment and creative writing.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you for sharing your holiday plans. I hope that you really enjoy your holiday and that your daughter enjoys them too!

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