The Long Way Home

I’ll Be Home for Christmas
December 23, 2010, 7:21 PM
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For years I spent Christmas away from home, trying to avoid the stress of the holidays. One Christmas in Key West, where I spent 80-degree days riding my bike around the island, getting a kick out of palm trees strung with garland. Another year in Osijek, where half the city celebrated on the 25th, then Epiphany on January 6th. Decorating for the season was slowly catching on, even a decade after the Balkan War, but every once in a while, on my walks home from the Center for Peace, I caught a glimpse of a lighted star in someone’s window. My landlady had a potted tree with blue lights in our courtyard which stayed that way till spring. But now the holidays are a lot easier with Jeff, who cares as much about this time of year as much as I do. We roasted a chicken one year just the two of us, got engaged in Florida the next, went for Chinese at New Dumpling House the next two, and spent an entire weekend snowbound in West Virginia. We have amazing friends who have become our family. I am lucky and thankful, reminding me that maybe this holiday isn’t so bad after all.


sad santa

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I love this post, the way you write about running away from Christmas, and then coming back; it sounds like you and Jeff are re-making it in a fun and beautiful way. Many wishes for another adventurous and home-sweet Christmas!


Comment by eyegillian

Thanks, Gillian! I hope you have a great holiday as well.


Comment by Lisa

So great you’ve got “friends who have become our family”! I spent the holiday a few years ago snowbound somewhere in Newfoundland. Trying to avoid the holidays can become a real adventure! Love the photos!


Comment by Cait

I’d love to see Newfoundland someday – even trapped in a storm, I bet it’s magical. Thanks for stopping by, happy holidays!


Comment by Lisa

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