As I have grown older and changed, holidays and holiday traditions have grown and changed with me.
As a child, we often had unorthodox holiday plans, often traveling on Christmas Day and simply celebrating on a different day. This flexibility has stuck with me and it something I have come to appreciate. While I value the holiday season and welcome the joy and togetherness it brings, I am not rigid in my expectations and it has made the holidays and planning so much more relaxed and easy.
This year, we headed out to Colorado (!) to explore a new place we have never been, Estes Park, at the edge of the National Forest. We were looking forward to learning about a new part of the country, enjoying the outdoors and being with my mom and stepdad. They had booked a timeshare and were kind enough to invite us along — I so welcomed this opportunity to do something new and make a new holiday tradition and memory.
However, in turn, I knew I wouldn’t be able to spend the actual holiday with my dad this year and instead he decided to come and visit Vermont. We had planned a weekend previously, but flu season got the best of him and rattled our plans. Nonetheless, we revamped our dates, got together and enjoyed a low key pre-holiday weekend together.
All in all, while we didn’t celebrate in the same fashion as we have previously, we made new memories and traditions together this year and it was truly special. It was a great reminder to let gifts be minimal and togetherness take importance.