i have always lived where i grew up (literally never more than 10 miles from my childhood home), so the title of this post isn't very accurate. well, it is, but i didn't have to travel to be "home" for the holidays. i have always said that if i were to move to another state or country, my whole family would have to move with me. and by whole family, i mean all 19 of us...sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, moms and dads. and now, i wouldn't leave unless chris' family moved with us, too, because they are as much my family as my sisters and parents are. so basically what i'm saying is that we would have to start a little commune in order for me to leave this great state of minnesota. (and then we'd probably all get sick of each other, and they would no longer want me as their leader, and the whole commune would go downhill from there.)
while most of my family lives within that same 10-mile radius, we do have one sister who lives in las vegas. we still do family dinners and celebrate many holidays without her, but there is something so different about having the whole family together for christmas.
she is flying home tonight and will be home all next week. and that is what christmas means to me...the whole family being home and together and having fun.
presents are nice, the food and wine is always a nice addition, and of course, who doesn't love christmas cookies??? but, being home for the holidays is what's most important to me. to me, home is where my family is...and this year, we will all be home together.
what do the holidays mean to you?
|all of the pictures are thrifted items from our home|
whatever they mean to you, i hope you enjoy them! may they be filled with love and health and happiness!