Christmas celebrations have ended and a new year is already underway. A feeling of anticipation led me into all of the celebrations while old-blue-borrowed-new are dragging me out. Yes, I know those are out of order, but I don’t want to end on blue.
A lot of same old, same old happened for Christmas. It’s been over 30 years and certain family members still can’t decide if they are in or out for parts of the celebration. Last minute calls trying to disrupt the schedule, people getting sick, and others busting a hemorrhoid right before the dinner I worked so hard to make are nothing new to me. I’ve come to expect same old, same old. Oh and by the way, it wasn’t my ‘roid that ruptured.
I have to admit I’m feeling a little blue now that it’s all over. Not the hemorrhoid rupture but the holiday season. It was a lot of work and I spent 45 hours in the car over the last 3 weeks traveling to visit family members in three different states, but it was well worth it. All that action came to a screeching halt this past Tuesday and it’s taking a little time for me to adjust. Actually, since I have some time on my hands I could send out the Christmas cards I bought but never wrote. Eh, maybe next year.
Traditions are things borrowed from previous years and earlier generations. My family has borrowed a lot. We make pirohy and mushroom soup on Christmas Eve and drink gawdawful-come on now, I can’t use the real spelling because this is about Christmas-grappa at midnight. Grappa was made from whatever was left over after the real wine was made. Enough said on that borrow.
Last but not least is the ‘new’ and it’s always good to end on something new. It’s a new year and a time when many people make resolutions for change. My big change was spending New Year’s Eve in Nashville. It was frickin’ freezing, Mr. Bigglesworth, but it was well worth it. Sure, I missed watching balls drop with the people I always watch the balls drop with, but a bucket list is a bucket list and Nashville was on it. After all, I’m not getting any younger. The day is coming when I won’t be able to listen to Cheap Trick and Keith Urban while standing in 7 degree weather. Well, Cheap Trick anyway.
You can tell that I have a lot to work through as a result of all the celebrations. Regret over not sending greeting cards, drinking something that tastes like how witch hazel smells-and she smells, and taking action on my bucket list are all dragging me down a bit. So is the fact that the celebrations are over and I’m not sure when everyone will be together again. On the other hand, aside from five fingers and a thumb, it was a fabulous holiday filled with old, new, borrowed, and now, a little blue and I can’t wait to do it all again in another 354 days.
Happy New Year!