I was going to go to my mom’s, since she’ll be out of town over Christmas (typically I give Thanksgiving to Padre and the farm). However, with Gobble-geddon slowly approaching and making a trip over the Laurel Highlands possibly quite treacherous, we opted out of that. So, to the Griswalds (his mom’s family – their nickname, not mine!) and the Fire-house (his dad – both he and his dad are members of the VFD) I went!
Now, this is new for me – 1. spending it with people other than my family. Sam is the first guy I’ve seriously dated especially over the holidays, so to even have to have a “where are we spending the holidays” conversation was weird, which brings me to 2. spending the holidays with a significant other’s family.
But, it was totally awesome and perfect. His mom has a fair number of siblings and they all do the holidays together – all of his aunts and uncles except for one who doesn’t live in the area were there. But the best part was that I was totally a part of it. My dad’s step-mother didn’t really welcome us to the family and since the majority of the people present were her kids and their families, it was difficult. This was something completely different – hugs all around and just lots of noise and love. I’ve been to other family functions there, and this was just the icing on top (one of those functions, funnily enough, they wanted me to stop by, even though Sam was at work and couldn’t make it).
Thanksgiving at the Firehouse was much smaller – just the two of us, his sister, her boyfriend, and one of their friends, but filled with just as much love. After Dez and Tom had left, Sam and I ended up sitting around for a few hours talking with the ‘rents. It was nice to just relax.
To me, the funniest part of the whole day was that he lives within walking distance of each of these houses, so it was all on foot.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and has a wonderful Christmas season to look forward too!