I have to say that I took a bit of a punch in the mouth over my stance regarding traveling on Christmas, but it was ultimately quite worth it.
Due to the pandemic, my wife and I were sent home to work in the central air conditioning of our home.
Of course, what we thought might be a quite temporary situation turned into 18 months of being out of that zone controlled HVAC of the office. Additionally, for the first time in more than 15 years, we didn’t travel to my wife’s parents for Christmas in 2020 due to the virus. And it was the best Christmas I’ve had certainly since I’ve been married and maybe ever. We live in a region where the winter is so mild and wonderful. The sky is blue and cloudless with just the most abundant amount of sunshine I’ve ever seen in a winter. So the idea of packing up the car and taking the kids to the in laws up north never made sense. Still, it’s family and I did what I thought I needed to do. But that Covid Christmas really opened my eyes to how great Christmas could be here. The kids are at an age where they want to be near friends during the holidays. And I am sick of the gas furnace making the inside of that house up there so hot with all the freezing weather outside. So I just told my wife that I’m staying home and I offered to fly her folks down here this past Christmas. It worked out perfectly and everyone was happy.