This is the year.
After 20 years of traveling back to New Jersey for Christmas (and occasionally Thanksgiving), this year I’m staying put.
You see, while most of my family has stayed rooted in the greater Philadelphia area (my sister has relocated to Maryland about 2.5h away), I have been the prodigal son – moving to North Carolina, Chicago, and now Southern California.
Each year, I would leave around the 20-22nd and return to the Garden State and make the whirlwind tour of the family – my parents’ home, my brother’s home, my sister’s home, my best friends’ home – returning usually on New Years so that I could start back to work the next day. And while I love getting to see them, I could hardly qualify that time as “relaxing”.
Recently, I’ve made the realization though that now that my parents have each been deceased for a while, there is no “Ancestral Betz Home” to which to return. Also, The Beloved and I plan on making our first Christmas at The Aerie a great combination of celebrating and relaxing together.
And so, while I might be not be traveling, I will be Home for the Holidays.