Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas sharing

It’s the time of the year when you have to decide where you are going to spend your time at Christmas. With my daughter, her husband, and granddaughter living in Atlanta and my son, his wife, and my other two grandchildren living in northeast Arkansas, where should my husband and I spend Christmas? 

Early in my married life, we split our time between our parents; that was easy, we all lived in the same town. We went to the candlelight services on Christmas Eve; Enjoyed Santa’s visit in the morning and shared the cooking among all the families. As our children were born and became older, we wanted to start our own traditions and have Santa come to our home; we also had moved away from our hometown. We occasionally would visit our parents during the holidays, but Christmas morning was always in our own home.

As our children married and started their own families, it just seems to be easier for us (as grandparents) to go to the home of our children, rather than them traveling to us. So this year, all of us are meeting in northeast Arkansas for Christmas. We’ll continue the traditions that we’ve passed on to our children of attending candlelight services on Christmas Eve and the whole routine. Next Christmas, our children and grandchildren will be spending time with their other parents/grandparents. We’ve worked out a plan to share with the in-laws. So, next year we are considering going someplace special to celebrate Christmas.

Where do you spend your Christmas and how did you decide?

Mary Lou Wilson, RN, BSN
Director, Women's Services
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford

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