As the saying goes, there’s no place like home for the holidays, and whoever said that is so stinking right. Especially when you live relatively isolated from ‘home’ for much of the year. I got really lucky and had an entire week to spend with my wonderful family back in lil’ old West Chester, Ohio.
I usually have a nice little list of things to do, people to see, and mostly food to eat 😀 but I was so happy and content to mostly hang out at home with my fam and see some of my friends. I had a very relaxed schedule (filled with a bunch of Christmas shopping 😉 ) but I definitely was in need of time away from the game that I love. I haven’t had more than 3 days off since I think April. It’s been a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I am not at all complaining about it- like I said I (generally) LOVE what I do- but I know how important it is to unplug from volley, step away, and recharge the batteries.
One of the highlights for me every Christmas is our Family’s Christmas Party. We have a nice shindig with lots of drinks, snacks, and merry making with all of our neighbors. Friday and Saturday was full of party prep including making the famous Hagglund Swedish Meatballs. Somehow they did not make it to the party (due to some refrigeration issues, oops!), but making and tasting them was enough fun and excitement Dad, Nick and myself. The party (as always) was a huge success! Mom even worked some magic with homemade Gluhwein that tasted just like the ones in Germany.
Christmas morning was as great as well- filled with smiles, laughter, surprise, and thanks. Unfortunately, I had to leave that evening to get back for practice on the 26th, so the festivities halted a bit early. I had to strategically pack my little life up again and say goodbye to the people I love most. It was one of the tougher goodbyes I’ve had to make recently. But like another saying goes, all good things must come to an end. It was a bittersweet end to my Christmas holiday, an absolutely blessing to have a chance to be home and of course there will be more great holidays and wonderful times with family in the future 🙂
Here’s hoping your Christmas was filled with as much happiness and love as mine was 🙂