It is that time of year again! Time to break out those infamous “holiday pants” a la Joey from Friends and sit down around the table with your loved ones before taking a long nap while football plays on the TV. I bet I did not even have to name what holiday this sums up before you guessed what time of year it is…even though it is TOMORROW!
For many of us, this holiday season will be the first holiday season spent with our loved ones in two years. It is a time of reminiscing, enjoying good food and great company, and just taking a break from the stresses of everyday life.
This year has me more excited to carry out my Thanksgiving traditions than previous years. I have never been so excited to eat pigs n’ a blanket with my entire family while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, taking a break from cooking to watch the Santa Claus float ride through Times Square, plan out Black Friday shopping with the ladies in the family complete with ready to go coffee, eat a delicious meal followed by the entire family gathered around the tv watching the Egg Bowl between Ole Miss and Mississippi State and then the NFL’s Game of the Day, and then rounding out the night with leftovers and a Christmas movie.
However, even though the traditions are a large part of the holiday season for many, I imagine this year it will be a lot different. I know for me personally; this holiday season weighs heavier due to recent worldwide events. It makes the holidays even sweeter, because it is one more year I get to spend with the ones that I love. For other families, maybe even your own, I know that you are wishing for the now empty seat to be filled with the presence of a loved one that is now lost.
You see, that is the double-edged holiday sword that not many people discuss as we get older. You love the holiday season and everything it involves, but never know when it will change. But isn’t that what makes the holiday season sweet in the first place? Gathering with the ones you love and adore most while doing the things that make the holiday season fun and enjoyable?
Okay, okay, I know this blog is taking a turn so I will stop while I am a few millimeters ahead.
I hope you all have a great holiday season filled with what makes this season so fun and exciting: family, friends, company, good food, and even better times.