Christmas Eve


Christmas Eve in my family of origin follows a certain progression of traditions: church, then family photo at church, then home for a cheese platter, then dinner of baked mostoccioli, then cheesecake, then general goofiness.

The family table was full this year: nine adults and two small children all squeezed around a dinner table, but my mother still found room to fit one of my friends who was otherwise going to be alone for the evening which was a delightful gift to me. It has definitely been a year for making new friends, and for strengthening relationships with old friends. I’ve learned a lot about friendship this year: that it’s a lie that it’s difficult to make friends if you’re older than thirty. That it’s possible to add a new best friend nearly instantly. That it’s possible to have your heart broken by a platonic friendship. That adding new friends to your life is like adding new expansions to your personality… It has certainly been a year of discovery and change.

So the holidays have been my chance to reconnect with my old self and to see how far I’ve come. I can already feel how much more comfortable in my own skin I feel now after this year of growth than I felt this time last year. I’m interested to see what next year will be like.

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on December 24, 2018.

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