As the boyfriend and I drive up to Maine with a blizzard on our tail, I am looking forward to closing my first Christmas away from my family with his family.
In being on the East Coast on my own, I've had to really create my own little family and traditions here so that I wouldn't be so lonely.
While I have some summer traditions like the August party in Vermont and checking out free events, I haven't really had too many winter traditions. I enjoy spending time with my family for the holidays, expecially for the massive amounts of food and guaranteed good times.
Well, I'd have to say that it's been a wonderful Christmas of building new traditions.
With my best friend visiting from New York City, she really helped me to feel the cheery spirit of the holidays. She captured it perfectly when she said that she got to see family and then felt ready for the holidays.
Being the youngest of the group, I had the job of handing out presents. When my family hands out the presents a little after midnight, we usually hand out all the presents and then everyone opens it all up at once. It's like a really fun free-for-all. But I had to learn a little bit of patience, since everyone got to open up their presents one at a time. It was neat seeing what everyone got.
I also got to participate in a Yankee Swap/White Elephant, which I had always watched my older relatives participate in. It was exciting to be included in the appropriate age group this year.
On the night of Christmas, I got to participate in some "Jewish Christmas" action in one of Boston's many Chinatown restaurants.
I'm still trying to figure out what traditions I would want for my own, but it was neat to participate in others traditions this holiday. It gives me a bigger basket to choose from later on.