Every year for my whole life, I have spent Christmas at home with my family. In the past six or seven years that would mean coming home during "Christmas break" at school. School wasn't always in the same spot, but I always had some time to make it back home. This, however, is my first year that I have to take actual vacation time off work to make the trip home. It would be easier of course if I weren't in a different country, but I am.
I was recently speaking with one of my colleagues at work who is originally from Singapore. He was asking me about my Christmas traditions, at least in regards to how I valued them in my life and whether I always spend Christmas with my family. I told him that yes, it was a very important time for me to spend at home with my family, and that it would take some sort of natural disaster to keep me from being at home at least for a couple days around Christmas. For him, he feels the same way about Chinese New Year. Which makes sense to me now because I knew that he had two weeks booked off from the 1st to the 15th of February.
And so, tomorrow I will be flying home, back to Canada to spend a week or so with my family. Now all I have to do is mentally and/or physically prepare for the drastic change in temperature that accompanies that flight.
Happy holidays everyone!