Christmas is a little different for me this year. Every morning when I wake up, I think about how this is the last Christmas at home I’ll have with my family. It’ll be the last Christmas I’ll be sleeping in my own bed in my parent’s house. The last Christmas where my mom, my sister, and I prepare cookies and desserts all week in anticipation of Christmas. This will be the last Christmas where I have the opportunity to decorate the tree with my family.
In some ways, this year is really sad for me. Every year, I especially look forward to the few weeks I get to spend with my family in between semesters at this time of year. However, I’m looking forward to all of the changes that next Christmas will bring. Gary and I will pick out our own tree and decorate it together. We’ll be able to travel home together and spend Christmas with both of our families. We’ll create our own traditions. I can’t wait.
For me, this year is about cherishing my last Christmas at home with my family while awaiting a new year with new changes to embrace.