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This year we’re staying home for Christmas and as much as I’m looking forward to decorating the house, cooking a nice meal and playing under the sprinkler with my little family, I kind of wish I was spending it with the entire family but this year we’re all off doing other things. Over the next few weeks there is a Magshop Christmas competition where ten lucky couples will win a trip to Hawaii and I would love to win but it’s got me thinking about my ideal Christmas holiday and the things that would make it perfect.
For me it would be sailing on Dad’s yacht just like we did for Dad’s 50th in September, it was the last time we all really got together. Aidan talks about “Grandpa and the Boat” a lot so I feel bad that it will be awhile before we can go again as Dad’s doing a bit of maintenance while he has time off during the Christmas period.
I haven’t really spent many Christmases with my sister as an adult and I hate that but I can’t ignore the fact that my family has never lived on top of each other, we never grew up going to large family gatherings or needing to talk to each other everyday. It was always just Dad, Mum, Steph and I, each one of us independent, stubborn and adventurous.
We grew up in the Northern Territory and all our relatives lived in New South Wales so cousins were people you met on holiday every five or so years and Grandparents were the people you wrote thank you letters to and when you saw them you had to be on the strictest best behaviour.
I like how Aidan changed that dynamic, he made me realise how it really does take a village to raise a child and I find myself craving family gatherings. I mean, look how happy and relaxed I look!
Sometimes it’s hard work, not usually in a physical sense but definitely from an emotional standpoint. It doesn’t take much to set off a range of raw emotions and force me to work on my weaknesses within, I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing but at the time it can be tough.
What I do know is that everyone on that deck has my back no matter how hard it is for them to be honest, it’s always with good intention and it’s always returned in kind. I wish I could transport all of us back to the yacht under sunny skies to celebrate Christmas together.
My ideal Christmas holiday is relaxed, sun-soaked, adventurous and shared with my family… although a free trip to Hawaii would be pretty awesome too! I’m off to renew Dad’s gift subscription to some Australian magazines so I can gain another chance to win…
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