Should we feel guilty this Christmas?
Christmas for us has always been about family as it is for most who celebrate the holiday. Certainly it is a time of giving and receiving but mostly it is the time of year most people are traveling to be with family and loved ones.
This year we are not traveling to be with family, we are traveling to be with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and friends, although we've spent so much time with them over the years that they do seem like family. Humbug! you say.
Please, let me explain. Our children, Tamzen and Travis, who live in Michigan and Massachusetts respectively, each told us several months ago that they would be visiting us, with their significant others, for the Christmas holiday. Oh joy! It has been quite awhile since we have all been together on Christmas. Unfortunately plans changed and no one will be coming for Christmas.
Travis and his new bride Kristy will be spending Christmas in New Jersey with her family, but have already booked their flights to visit us in February. Tamzen and Abi have business in Charlotte the first week in January so they will visit us then.
Needless to say, Karen was bummed out. I needed to come up with a plan. I did. It was brilliant, if I do say so myself.
I presented her with five options;
1. Visit her sister's family in NY(sleep on a couch & cold weather)
2. Visit my family, mostly in Virginia Beach (spent 5 days there at Thanksgiving less then a month ago)
3. Stay home and celebrate alone ( most of our friends and neighbors are leaving to visit family)
4. Leave a desperate sounding message on our children's voice mail telling them that after 36 years we are sick of each other and getting a divorce ( this is done with the hope that they will drop everything and rush to be with us, this is sneaky but it could work)
5. Book the dog sitter, pack the convertible and head south for Disney World (this will be the first time since our belated honeymoon in 1976 that we will be going without kids)
Wait for it, wait for it, and the winner is NUMBER 5!!
We will be leaving tomorrow morning for 6 glorious days in the land of make believe.
Is it weird for two people our age to be so excited about this trip? I say no, Disney World brings out the little kid in all of us.
Should we feel selfish about doing something just for us? I say no again, why shouldn't we treat ourselves once in awhile. We work hard, we deserve it.
So on Christmas Day when you are with your kids and grandkids and happen to be watching the Christmas parade live from Disney World, keep a lookout for some slightly older looking kids with big grins on their faces in the background. We just might be tempted to wear some mouse ears.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!