Yesterday, Sunday, was supposed to have been Christmas for me and two of my siblings, and our spouses. It didn’t happen.
I’d been feeling nauseated all week, and then on Friday evening Chris started complaining that he felt nauseated too. When we woke up on Saturday and realized that neither of us felt very good we decided that we’d better call my sister and my brother and let them know that this was a sick house.
Each year we take turns and go to one or the others home for a Christmas get together. It’s not always on Christmas day, in fact it rarely is. My brothers wife’s parents are getting older and since our own parents are gone they usually see her parents every year. My sister is divorced but she usually spends Christmas with her kids who are off to school and no longer live with her full time, and Chris and I usually end up going to his parent for Christmas if we aren’t working. We’re the only ones that do shift work that sometimes ends up making it impossible to see our relatives on special holidays.
Anyway, this year it was my turn to hold our Christmas gathering, but it just didn’t work out. Now we’re going to get together early in the New Year, probably here since it was my turn.
I think it actually worked out for the best anyway. My sister works in the jewelry trade and she’s been working long long hours 7 days a week through the Christmas rush. It would have stressed her to have to stop to come over for a while- even if it would have been good for her. Then there’s my sister in law, she works in retail sales and she’s been working long hours lately too. She had Sunday off, but after she came home from work on Saturday and learned that she’d have a free day on Sunday – maybe that was good for her. She could rest for the busy week ahead.
Ironically enough both Chris and I felt a lot better on Sunday so we probably could have had our get together after all.
So what are your plans for Christmas? Do you travel some distance to get together with family, or do you stay home and either have everyone over to your home, or just have a quite family day?