I love Christmas. I love the food, the music, the decorations, the warm fuzzy feelings. I love traditions. For me, Christmas is all about making memories.
Growing up, I always spent Christmas Eve with my dad, and Christmas day with my mum, and I adore tradition. But once I moved away for school, I started working Christmas and had to make new traditions. I had an uncle in Guelph, and I’d have a meal with his family and celebrate with them. I don’t have family here in Newfoundland, so I’m yet again working on new traditions.
It has been raining nonstop for days upon days and it’s hard to believe it’s actually Christmas time . . . But it is in fact Christmas Eve tonight. I’m on call, but as of 9am tomorrow morning I’m off for a whole week. If luck’s on my side as far as emergencies go, I’ll be spending the night at my friend’s mum’s house (her mum doesn’t want me to wake up alone on Christmas day), and having Christmas breakfast with their family. Boxing Day I hop on a plane to go back to Ottawa to spend a few days with my dad, and this will be the first time in about 7 years I’ll be heading “home” over the holidays.
Most of the traditions from my childhood have faded into obscurity, though I do talk to my dad every Christmas Eve – it’s the one day of the year I miss him the most. While I lived in Guelph, I kind of fell out of love with Christmas a bit. Since moving to Newfoundland, I’ve begun some great new traditions that have completely rekindled my love for this time of year. This is especially helpful, because this is often the hardest time of year to be a vet (a story for another time.) I’m in a choir now, and we have some great Christmas time traditions that have quickly become some of my new favourite things about this time of year and I already can’t wait for next year to do them all again. There’s the Mummer’s Parade. Tibbs Eve. And, a definite highlight for this year, this happened:
I hope everyone reading this has a very merry Christmas, a delightful holiday season, and a wonderful New Year. I’ll be having a purely relaxing vacation time while I’m at my dad’s and am not even taking my laptop with me. I’m just going to eat, sleep, and enjoy my family. So I’ll be back in the new year, with continuing adventures of a veterinarian in Newfoundland.