4 hours in the beauty salon, making sure my new hairstyle is laying perfectly. Yup, the holidays are upon us. Only once a year do I arrive in my hometown to see all of my family and friends in one place, and I want to make sure I look top notch. Nothing else will do!
The holidays are a joyous occasion to sit around the table with friends and family, telling stories of days gone by (if your in my family, it’s usually the same stories year after year BUT what can ya do? **insert shoulder shrug here**). This Thanksgiving, however, I’ve come up against a completely new issue that I haven’t dealt with in the past…the in-laws!
My Husband and I took our vows, combining our two large families just a couple of months ago. Because we both have blended families, we are blessed to have large extended families on each of our Mother’s and Father’s sides. While this proved to be a great experience for bonding when it came to our wedding, now we are faced with the issue, as most married couples are, of splitting our time for the Holidays.
Year after year, I’ve made the 3-hour trip to visit my family for Thanksgiving. There hasn’t been a single year that I’ve missed it in the 11 years that I’ve been away! For me, this is a tradition very near and dear to my heart. I juggle time between my Mom’s family as well as my Father’s side and in the end, it always seems there’s just never enough time.
This year, the reunion will be bitter sweet, however. While I am excited about seeing my relatives, I can’t help but feel a little down at the missed opportunity to spend the holidays with my Husband’s side of the family. While we will definitely be spending Christmas with them, I can’t help but wonder how we will compromise for Thanksgivings in the future.
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