Home For The Holidays

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.

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27 thoughts on “Home For The Holidays

  1. Sounds good to me!Last year we went out to SoCA for Christmas and spent time in various areas, and I really enjoyed it, but I am glad we will be home this year.(Though I could probably be talked into San Diego or La Jolla :-D)

  2. I agree that it's best to relax and not deal with the stress of travel during the holidays. Make everyone come to you! California is so much warmer in December than New Jersey is.

  3. It's just as well that you're not traveling, as I've been hearing all kinds of threats about how many travel delays there will be, and how hard it will be to rebook, and blah blah blah. A holiday for two sounds pretty relaxing to me, although I'm sure there will be parties, etc – but a lot less rushing than what you're used to. Enjoy!

  4. There is nothing better than being in your own home for the holidays. Now that we have a baby we can actually make that choice! We are looking forward to the relatives coming to visit us! :)

  5. It is nice to be the ones to stay home. Thanksgiving is at our house this year and I am looking forward to it. Although, I may not be saying that come Friday after a day of cooking and cleaning up!

  6. Aww, this made me very happy. =) You guys are going to have a fantastic holiday!!But it only makes sense… ya'll do, after all, have a little one to spend Christmas with: Eutaw!

  7. Glad you'll be able to stay where you are and feel like you're Home for the holidays. It's good to see family, but as you said, visiting family and relaxing over a holiday are usually mutually exclusive.

  8. I moved back East for college years ago, and only get home to California every couple of years. This year, my sister will come down from NYC, and we'll do Thanksgiving with eight strays. That is a family tradition. And, having been a stray from time to time, I feel there is a karmic debt to repay.

  9. ancora impara — you know one of the BEST Thanksgivings I can remember was while I was in grad school. I had done the grind of I-95 from NC to NJ before and it was awful. So a couple of my friends and I decided to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal in Chapel Hill. We thought it would be small, like 6 people.
    Of course, being in grad school there was a large displaced population and all during the lead-up to the holiday, we'd invite a few people here and a couple of people there. In the end, we had more than 25 people — a lot of whom were from Asia and had never had an American Thanksgiving before. We had to go commandeer tables from the department and it became a HUGE affair. It was so much fun having yams next to tofu salad.
    To me, it really did encompass the spirit of the Holiday!

  10. Ross — you know, I often thought I could "split the difference" just come home for a couple of days and then return back to where I was living for a little R&R — but then you realized that one relative wasn't going to be visited, or you'd only see your brother for x hours on the tuesday after Christmas, etc… and in the end I'd milk every hour before I'd come back… guilt-complex.. me? No way!

  11. Ross — you know, I often thought I could "split the difference" just come home for a couple of days and then return back to where I was living for a little R&R — but then you realized that one relative wasn't going to be visited, or you'd only see your brother for x hours on the tuesday after Christmas, etc… and in the end I'd milk every hour before I'd come back… guilt-complex.. me? No way!

  12. Enjoy!! That picture looks so cozy & inviting…I don't thing you can go wrong. As fun as it is to go back "home" and see folks, I always feel like I need a vacation, after the "vacation".

  13. Enjoy!! That picture looks so cozy & inviting…I don't thing you can go wrong. As fun as it is to go back "home" and see folks, I always feel like I need a vacation, after the "vacation".

  14. I'm so behind in reading up on everyone….so I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving and I hope Christmas at the Aerie (which I officialy dub "CATA") is as every bit as rewarding as it sounds. Congrats on being able to enjoy it at your own homestead! And I happened to notice it was a southwest plane in your pic….you gotta love Southwest! My Southwest flight to Columbus today had a 140-mile-an-hour tailwind….can you say RECORD TIME?! :-)

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