Every holiday season is different. From when I was younger and waiting for Santa to arrive, to after I first started dating my husband and began celebrating with his family on Christmas Day to the arrival of our kiddos and celebrating Santa once again through their eyes, each one is unique with its own memories.
This year the holiday celebrations went off without a hitch and we ended up having every family Christmas complete by the time the big day came around. As we prepared for Santa on Christmas Eve, we attended a different church due to our church switching its service time. That was the first big difference that led to a different feeling Christmas.
The morning came, Santa had arrived and the girls were thrilled with what was under the tree. We “hatched” our Hatchimals, the most desired present for the girls, then prepared to head to my in-laws’ house. The whole time, we kept thinking about how it was a Monday and work was looming the next day.
Don’t get me wrong, we both like our jobs, but we found out we had been spoiled those past few years with Christmas falling on a weekend. We have had the day after the big day to recoup and just hang out at home and, since it was gone, we started missing our cushion day.
No matter if you get one day off or get to go on an extended vacation, the thought of it being over is always in the back of your mind. The countdown begins almost before you leave on how much time you have before you have to go back.
I hear other countries and cultures are better at vacationing. They really know how to let loose and enjoy their “holiday.” I wish I could be more like that and live in the moment instead of always worrying about the future tasks to be dealt with.
With New Year’s Day also landing on a Monday, the same familiar feeling came over my husband and I knowing work would be coming the next day. We didn’t have any big plans and had our celebration at noon during the Science Center of Iowa’s New Year’s Eve balloon drop, but a Monday is still a Monday and I didn’t know until this year just how much it was more than the first day of the work week.
Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or firstname.lastname@example.org