A few dollars lighter, I think we’ve finished booking all of our holiday travel. We’re going to be heading to Kansas around Christmas to be with Sarah’s paternal family.
Whenever I think of Christmas, my memory isn’t usually of Christmas at home proper, but rather Christmas with my dad’s family and Nana. With Nana dead now, I get that “I can never go home again” feeling when I think about it, where going there for Christmas would corrupt the memories. I saw that side of the family for Thanksgiving, and it was great (and I’m sure it would great to see them this holiday as well), but it doesn’t feel like it would feel like Christmas anymore. Not sure that makes any sense.
Anyhow, Christmas in Kansas, while not a yearly thing, has grown a bit special for me. It’s extremely low-stress, and people tend to be ok with it if I just want to sit around and read all day an decompress from the past year.
New Year’s it looks like we’re going to be heading to California to visit with some of Sarah’s friends. No idea what we’re going to be doing, though I’d like to spend a little bit of time in San Francisco proper (which I haven’t done yet) looking around. If nothing else, it would be nice to see the wharf, and visit both Ritual Coffee Roasters and Blue Bottle Coffee Co.. On the other hand, if this doesn’t happen, just means there’s something to do next time.
After the holidays, I’d like to try skiing again in January, perhaps after our bank account has recovered a little bit. It’d be fun to go up before then, but I don’t really see that happening.