Today I have been thinking about families. It is getting close to Thanksgiving, so all the memories of prior years are starting to creep in.
I remember early Thanksgiving mornings hearing my Mom get up to baste the turkey. I guess people used to do that?!?
But really, aren't families funny when you REALLY think about them? We are all so different. We all think we are the normal ones and everyone else is weird. But, we are all just our own thing. Two individuals get together and each bring their histories and memories and start something completely new. We create our families, sometimes the traditional way, sometimes non-traditionally. Sometimes we mix it up and try both ways. We get to choose which traditions to keep and which new ones to create! Personally, I like to decide the week before a traditional holiday how I am going to do it that year. I don't feel pressure (anymore) to do it traditionally if I don't particularly feel like it that year. One Christmas I was just tired of spending two days in the kitchen cooking holiday meals that (seemingly) only I enjoyed, so I went on holiday strike. I made tacos for Christmas dinner. It took 20 minutes. To this day, we have tacos for Christmas dinner (are you kidding me?!?).
Today I texted my (3) sisters to tell them how much I was going to miss them this Thanksgiving. One of them responded by saying "...sometimes the holidays are just not the same crazy madness and I miss the utter chaos." I couldn't have said it better. I love and miss the weirdness of the chaos of our "traditional" holidays... not that we are not creating our own chaos and madness :-P