Every year around the holidays you begin to read many posts and blogs about the stresses of gathering together as a family. So I thought I’d be a little different and rather than point out the annoying quirks of my family members, I’d write about the joy of reunited with those we love. My husband and I are parents to one year old (he turns one is december) and we’re also expats. So the only family members we have around are ourselves, our little family of three (four with our beautiful canine fur baby). So any time family or friends decide to come into town we couldn’t be more happy. We have an open door policy, everyone is welcome to come see us at any time they wish.
When you live far away from your loved ones you realize that there really is nothing more important than family. With a new baby that becomes increasingly evident. There is no greater joy than seeing a grandparent enjoy their grandchildren, especially when they only have the one. We wish that family get togethers were annoying, because that would mean that we see them far too often. But in our case the complete opposite is true, we don’t see our family nearly enough. Family members are the ones that are there for you no matter what goes on in life. They are the ones who love you and support you through all of your ups and downs. Spending time with them and creating memories is a true blessing that we welcome with open arms. I love Christmas, it’s my favourite time of year, and the idea of spending it without family is a sad and lonely prospect to me. That’s not to say we haven’t done it, because we have. And we still have a great time just us, but we have an even better time if we’re surrounded by those who love us the most.
So whether it’s us travelling to see them, or them coming to us, any time we can spend with our family is a truly joyous and positive occurrence. If you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by your loved ones then please count your blessings. No matter how much they may get on your nerves, having family who loves you, wants to spend time with you, and is close enough to do so, is the greatest gift you can receive this holiday season.