Every year on Christmas Eve my parents would take my brother and I over to our grandparent’s house to celebrate. My aunts, uncles and cousins would all be there. Every year including the years I worked Christmas Eve I went to their house. It was always a tradition. But this year was a little different.
Judd and I knew this would be our first married Christmas together. With him working at the hospital, it’s difficult to spend holidays with family who live two hours away and just leave him here by himself. This year we decided to have a low-key Christmas celebration. How did we spend our Christmas Eve together? Well for starters, we ordered Chinese take-out from our favorite place. Sweet and Sour chicken with white rice makes for a perfect Christmas Eve dinner. We opened our gifts to each other and watched Gus attempt to unwrap his. He opted for eating the wrapping paper instead but loved his toys once Judd helped him! We cuddled up on the couch and watched Christmas Vacation which I can practically quote! It was a nice way to spend the evening, just the two of us.
Not a lot of people understand that certain occupations have to work on holidays. Judd works at a hospital which is always open. My brother also works during the Holidays at the busiest place on earth: Walt Disney World. My mother is a nurse and missed many holidays with family because of work. But we always made-up for it on another day during the holiday week. Just like my parents when they first got married, we worked around our work schedules for our Christmas festivities. We saw Christmas Eve as our opportunity to celebrate together before Judd had to work Christmas day. My family even Skyped us when they opened their gifts so we could be a part of everything even from afar.
We were able to drive down the day after Christmas to enjoy the company of both of our families. We managed to get both of them together Saturday night for Hibachi! It was a wonderful holiday! I even managed to get Judd and Gus to take a Christmas picture in front of my parents tree. His idea of dressing up is a Yankees shirt! Happy Holiday’s to all!