A Tale of 2 Christmases
My two sisters Arlene and Carmen, and I live here, while the rest of our family live near mom and dad in Saskatchewan. For more than 20 years, many of my memories of Christmas are related to the excitement of travelling to visit family. However, the last time we attempted to travel home for Christmas it was not meant to be. After the furnace breaking down twice, and my car having a malfunction, we attempted the drive in -35C with Marvin’s SUV. We were 2.5 hours outside of Edmonton when we stopped to get a coffee and as soon as the vehicle was turned off we could smell oil. We still had another 4.5 hours to go, so we turned the vehicle around and drove back to Edmonton. Even though I had not put up a Christmas tree that year, we made the best of our Christmas Eve by making some of our favourites such as pancakes for breakfast, a tasty chicken Caesar salad for dinner, and for snacks we baked Marvin’s mom’s famous Nuts and Bolts recipe. On Christmas Day we drove to Barrhead and shared the afternoon with his family.
Our Christmas traditions have changed. Instead of switching off every year between visiting my family or Marvin’s, we now stay home here in Edmonton, and see both my family and his. This will be our second year trying this. This is not to say we will no longer travel at Christmas, but more that traditions change and it is okay to accept that.
Here is a photo of my journal page, as you can see I printed off my journaling on white presentation paper with a red font and placed it behind the pocket I created.
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend full of fun Christmas celebrations.