Normally, Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year. This year, however, it is very depressing. I am 33 years old, mmm did I say that?, anyway, I am 33 years old and have never spent Christmas away from my family. I know our traditions as they are the same each and every year.
Difference #1: This year, I am in a new country with new customs and traditions. I haven't bought a tree, yet. I have had to choose between a tree or gifts for my kids. I chose gifts because, we will be spending from the 23 until the 26 with my in laws so, no gifts will be under a tree at my house. I gave my kids the choice of an extra gift or a tree and they chose the gift. In the US, I have a tree and lots of decorations but, they are 24 hours away so, no good to me right now. I am missing all of my Nativity, my Santas, snowmen, and candles!
Difference #2: Normally, I buy lots of gifts for my kids, they usuually get anywhere from 15 to 20 gifts just from us, this includes, toys, clothing, and shoes. This year, we have bought only 3 gifts plus 1 outfit and a pair of shoes. It took a whole check just to buy this. This is the part that will teach the kids the real reason of Christmas.
Difference #3: I don't even know what the hell we will be having for Christmas dinner because, my sisters in law have decided that, the 2 of them that have a Baby Jesus will be the ones to provide the food and the madrinas will provide candy and a new outfit for Baby Jesus. I am lost. I know, I definitely will be making a few desserts and candy to take to the dinner (if I can find the ingredients). This will teach them how to involve Jesus more in the celebration.
Differences 2 and 3 are just small problems, I know but, they add to the bigger problems like, not being with my family and not having a tree. I feel like Scrooge this year and I HATE it.
I have made a makeshift tree with a hula hoop, rope, fabric, ribbons, and lights and have put up a few decorations so, my house looks a little like Christmas but, it is just not the same but, I really think it is because, I am not with my family and I never thought that would bother me that much!
I am complaining and I apologize! Merry Chritmas to everybody!!
One thing, I am looking forward to, is New Year's. I never spend it with my family, I usually go out with Miguel or stay at home with the kids but, this year, we will be partying with Miguel's family and the sisters are party animals!!! We are planning on buying a small pig, killing it, and cooking it. I can't wait for the fresh Chicharrones!!!!! This is the plan as of now but, if Miguel's control freak sister gets involved, it may change. I hope she keeps her nose out of it! I am also, looking forward to some drinks, I haven't had a drink since we got married last year!!!