Wednesday, November 26, 2008

DCMM: Home for the Holidays

Every year I watch the stories on the news about how busy airports are on Thanksgiving weekend, and I talk to my friends about how they are going to pack their cars and drive to visit family for Christmas. It sounds lovely to spend the holidays surrounded by those you love, but mostly I love spending the holidays surrounded by my own house.

I like to travel, but at heart I am a homebody. The holidays in particular bring out a deep need in me to be at home celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas just as I'm used to doing it. I enjoy having house guests, but I do not enjoy leaving my house.

Part of it is that I am a total control freak.

If we're at my house, I can serve raspberry Jell-O with fruit cocktail suspended inside for Thanksgiving. If we're at my house, I can insist that no one open Christmas presents until after breakfast. (Stockings are a different matter altogether.) If we're at my house, no one is going to be serving ham or duck for either of these dinners—we're having turkey.

Part of it is that staying at home is easier. I can't even fathom carting a bunch of Christmas presents in our car to drive somewhere, much less stuffing them in suitcases for a plane flight. Seriously, I would love to hear how people do it, because according to the laws of physics as I understand them, such a thing is impossible.

While I do prefer to spend these holidays on my home turf, I have been known to venture out occasionally. Before we were married, I spent Christmas with my now-husband at his grandfather's house. It was nice.

I guess.

And then there was the year we spent Thanksgiving with my husband's boss. I almost swallowed my tongue when I heard that dinner would be at 8ish. I made a low-key Thanksgiving lunch (including turkey and Jell-O) that year and served it before we left for dinner. I mean, c'mon, Thanksgiving dinner is served no later than 4 p.m. Maybe 6 o'clock if the turkey got put in late.

Come to think of it, it's entirely possible that we stay home for these holidays every year because no one invites us to their house because I'm such a controlling pain in the butt.

Original DC Metro Moms Blog post.

Hear more about Jean's Thanksgiving Jell-O and Christmas turkey at Stimeyland.

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