2020 has been an unprecedented and challenging year for many of us. I had my first child this year and it’s difficult coming to terms that her first Christmas just won’t be the big event we’d all love it to be. But one thing I do believe is it’s an opportunity to create a new kind of memory, one that will stand out from all the other years and hopefully make the best of it.
Last year, I was too pregnant to travel which meant it was just my husband and me at home. He didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas (which is what my family celebrates) and while he enjoys the spirit of the holiday and the family gatherings, the gift-giving and traditions just don’t mean as much to him. To find a way to make it fun and a little different, and take the pressure off him a bit, we went to a superstore near our house. With $40 in hand and a declared 40 minute time allotment, we separated and set out to “fill each other’s stockings.” It was absolutely ridiculous and I got an unreasonable amount of $0.50 pies, but it made us laugh and made the day special. And it didn’t break the bank!
It gave me a moment to reflect, the things that make the