Our family is a well-travelled one but this trip was different. Everything seemed to align. It was great getting away yet still remain less than an hour away from my parents’ home. Adults and kids, we hunkered down and simply enjoyed each other’s company. We laughed, the kids swam and I started on my usual New Year’s resolution by working out both days in the hotel’s gym.
Maybe it’s because I already have the newest iPhone and iPad, or maybe not. Due to this scaled back Christmas, I had the opportunity to consider the truly important things about the season. I can’t pinpoint a moment but I do know that in recent years my feelings on the holiday season changed. I realized that while it was great to get the gifts I want (they’re listed on my Amazon Wish list), what I loved the most was just being with the family. And certainly when times are tough and money is a little tight, just being with the family playing games, talking or even watching television, those are the moments I’ll always remember.
Our family loves to travel and with each trip there is always something to remember. Whether it’s Dad continuing to drive in one direction just to be “the man of the vehicle” even when he knows he’s lost or my mother being his trusty but argumentative co-pilot, gifts are forgotten over time while the memories of the times shared are what will always remain.
Even if it’s just time at the house or time spent away, Christmas with the ones you love trumps all the gifts in the world. So, in contrast to my last article, Christmas is different through the eyes of an adult. The thing is, you really don’t know what tomorrow will bring and time spent valuably is what truly matters. Now, if I’d won the lottery then I may have to reconsider that declaration!
LaToya M. Davidson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter, @LaToyaonUR.