In five and a half days, I take wing (well, the airplane does) and head north on a 11+ hour direct flight to JFK. Then I will trek across The City, wait a couple of hours and head a bit more to the north from La Guardia to BTV, aka Burlington International Airport (with flights to Canada, hence the word “International”).
I’m going home for Christmas. This Christmas will be very different than previous year’s, but I’m looking forward to it nonetheless. This (North American) summer my parents had incredible luck given the state of the housing market and sold our house. It wasn’t my childhood home (we moved out of there when I was 18), but I did like the gardens, my Chinaberry Red bedroom walls, the upstairs sitting room, the huge porch and the radiant heated floors.
However, for many reasons it was the best choice for my parents to sell the house, so they did, and now they live on the other side of the state, about 2 hours by car from the rest of my extended family. But, they live close to my brother’s university and MUCH closer to my dad’s work.
Anyway, because now we live on one side of the state (the blue arrow) and my sister and grandparents live on the other side of the state (red arrows), when I arrive to BTV (black arrow), I will be spending the next three days staying with various relatives and celebrating Christmas.
First, I’ll go to my sister’s apartment to have dinner, then go to church at night. We’ll all come back to my sister’s place and spend the night, then celebrate Christmas morning there with breakfast and presents. Then we’ll go to my grandma’s house to celebrate with my mom’s side of the family, which always involves lots of delicious food because the members of my family are REALLY good cooks. Then when the days is over and we’ll go to my other grandma’s house to spend the night. Then the 26th we’ll celebrate with my dad’s side of the family, and when the day is over, we’ll finally return to my parents’ house on the other side of the state.
It’s going to be a whirlwind, but it will be wonderful for the following reasons: