We have entered the Christmas season. For all of us, it brings back memories that elicit a myriad of emotions. When I look back on my childhood, Christmas meant a long car ride to get to our extended family in Windsor and Detroit. My brother and I fondly looked forward to it, grounding us to our larger tribe. It meant playing with cousins, an exciting large family dinner with grandparents, Christmas Eve gift-giving, midnight mass, visiting second cousins and even great-grandparents, shopping in the states, eating traditional Polish and Ukrainian meals, and getting spoiled by both sets of grandparents. Our trips were exciting!
Now at 63, Christmas is much different. Parents and grandparents have passed on. Our cousins are now in different areas of the country and our immediate family is small. Our sons are both single and often are working giving they both have jobs in hospitality. Christmas has become a low-key reflective time.