This was our first traveling Christmas since our move. And this year we decided to alter traditions and skip Christmas. Well we skipped the 21st century version of Christmas. No gifts, no shopping, and no credit card bills to come home to.
The results are best described by paraphrasing words from my mother:
"I have actually enjoyed Christmas this year. This is the first Christmas in a long time that I haven't felt stressed at all."
In the absence of material things we gained so much:
We had time for long walks in the below freezing weather and beautiful mountain snow
And plenty of time to sleep-in, waking up to the smell of coffee and a warm breakfast cooking in the kitchen.
We stood on the porch watching the snow fall on Christmas Eve, getting to enjoy our puppy rolling around in it and coming in looking like a puffed pastry sprinkled with powder sugar.
We dabbled in electronic games beyond our years
and revisited old ones from our childhood.
We enjoyed a walk downtown, seeing the sights and window shopping
|My Mom and I are the tiny people at the bottom|
|The colonel and I are tight, love the extra crispy|
There was plenty of time for movie watching
|This is my parents little fur-ball, he rules the house and decides the movies.|
|My better half after his eye appointment, isn't he handsome?|
|That's my big goofy hand on the side, lets just say we had some issues with the camera self-timer|
Oh, and did I mention plenty of time to sleep.
I think this is a tradition worth continuing.