I’m spending today, in typical fashion, doing last-minute shopping. Fighting the crowds to find just the perfect gift is part of our holiday tradition. We will then return home to wrap things so the very next day everyone can tear the paper off with glee. It’s comforting to me following these routines that have happened holiday after holiday for as long as I can remember. One of the things I have enjoyed this season is spending time with my patients having them share with me a special holiday tradition. It has been magical to watch a misty look come across folks faces, and a slight upturn of the corner of their lips as they recall with warmth something that has deep meaning to them and their families.
I am fortunate yet again this year to have my mom and dad with us for the holidays. We will celebrate Christmas eve with a prime rib dinner and opening one present before going to bed. It will be interesting this year to see if Kyle, my youngest, has crossed the threshold of sleeping in being more important than doing presents at the crack of dawn. I’m hoping he wakes us again this year at sun up and I have one more year to whine and complain about being tired, but smile inwardly at his youthful enthusiasm.
Once all the presents have been opened and the wrapping paper cleaned up we will get ready and head over to the DeWoods house to share Christmas dinner. It is their turn to host, but we have promised to bring Kelly’s famous cauliflower Au Gratin to do our part. It will be a fabulous day surrounded by friends and family, and filled with love and appreciation. Whatever your traditions, have a very special holiday!