Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I usually host my family at my home. I am (for better or worse) in charge of cooking the bird! My mom, sister and brother in law get busy working on the sides: two kinds of potatoes (mashed and sweet), green beans, Brussels sprouts, cornbread, mac and cheese, three kinds of pies (pumpkin, pecan and chocolate) - it's enough food for an army! One thing I learned from my grandmother growing up is that you should always include those people who are separated from their families at the holidays. We usually have a big group of extended relatives and family friends to feed.
My sister Laura says, "lf anyone should be a mom, it's my big sister, Soro. She's been like a mother to me my entire life. She's patient, kind, generous, and selfless and she's also my best friend."
Of all the holidays, I like Thanksgiving best because it is a day to spend cooking, eating, watching football and movies, napping and just reflecting on all the blessings we have as a family. To me, there is nothing better than spending that time after the meal on the couch, bellies and hearts full, snuggled up with the people I love most.
Christmas is obviously also a HUGE deal. Sometimes my family likes to start the Christmas season off early and get the tree the day after Thonksgiving! Decorating the tree as a family was very important to me growing up. We would bake Christmas cookies and put on music and write letters to Santa. As an adult, I still get a full sized live tree every year that I decorate with friends and family. On Christmas Eve, my family gets Mexican food, goes to church and then does karaoke! I throw a holiday party every year for all my friends where a mystery "celebrity" guest arrives in place of Santa to deliver funny presents to all the guests. I modeled this after my grandfather who dressed as Santa every year and delivered gag gifts to everyone at our holiday party - and then hopped on the back of my father's motorcycle so the two of them could take gifts to all the neighborhood kids! One year I could not find anyone to dress as Santa so, instead, we had Elvis! And a new tradition was born. Guessing who will play Santa is part of the fun! It makes me so happy thinking about sharing these amazing Christmas experiences with a child.
Traveling on airplanes 1s not something we really did that often when I was growing up so it wasn't until I became an adult that I realized there's a great big world out there to explore! I have been so fortunate to have been able to travel to countries in Asia and Europe and I try to go to a new country at least once a year. One of my favorite vacations was a boat trip with friends around the coast of Croatia.
To me, a vacation should have equal parts adventure and relaxation! I am the person who signs up for all the snorkeling tours and jet skis on one day and lounges under an umbrella the next. I also think it's really important to meet the locals wherever I go and learn about different cultures and perspectives. There is still so much of the world left to see and I plan to take the child that joins my family everywhere with me.
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