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Holiday Juggling

7 Dec

The holidays are one of the best times all year to appreciate some quality time with the family. But once you are married, or even dating, that quality time gets stretched and sometimes things can get a little crazy.

For the past 4 years or so Mark and I have had the pleasure of catching the first flight Christmas morning from John Wayne to Oakland. Surprisingly, the airport is almost deserted, it takes only moments to get through the security line, the airport Starbucks is wide open and passengers can take up a row or two with all the honey roasted peanuts you could possibly want. For some reason there is a general sense of good cheer. It’s like everyone knows that it kinda sucks that they are even there at a time they should be snuggled in their pj’s drinking coffee and opening gifts, but once there you are all in it together so may as well be pleasant. It is probably one of the best times of the year to fly. It just doesn’t get any easier!

But that said, nobody really wants to spend any part of Christmas, Christmas Eve, or any other holiday traveling. If they are like Mark and I, they do it so that they can try to spend time with as many loved ones as possible during the holiday season.

Even so, holidays in marrital bliss can be a bit of a circus. Often you are not just talking about two sets of festivities, but four or even more depending on how the grandparents and extended family divide the celebrations. And sometimes you just end up missing one family or another’s gathering.

Fortunately we have been able to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with both sides of the family even though they are hours apart. And even though sometimes we miss something here and there, at the end of the day Mark and I decided to make every effort possible to spend time with our family and we are happy just going through the craziness together.

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