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Your Take: What Did You Do For The Holidays?

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Sleeping CougarEven though it’s January 9th, a full week removed from New Years and the holiday season, I didn’t really feel “back to normal” until sometime this week. So rather than launch into money related Your Take, I thought it might be more appropriate (and entertaining) to talk about something that would compel us to lock ourselves into an office or workshop or garage or whatever for 8+ hours a day and slave away: spending time with our family and friends. I’m curious what you did for the holidays, where you went, who you saw, and let us all bask in the enjoyment of your hearty tales.

As for my wife and I, we spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with her parents in Virginia opening presents and having a great time. From there, we had to drive home to Maryland (only about a forty five minute drive) because my wife had work go to work in the days between Christmas and New Years. The real travel didn’t begin until New Year’s Eve. For New Year’s Eve, we went up to Pittsburgh to see friends of our from college and celebrated the ringing in of the New Year at a club called Dolce, where we also saw the kicker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jeff Reed, and his entourage. Dude had bleached hair and looked like a Dragon Ball Z character. Anyway, that night of revelry became a morning and afternoon of misery as we drove the four hours down to Virginia for New Year’s Day dinner with my wife’s parents. That night, we drove the forty five minutes home to Maryland.

For those as good as I am with a calendar, it’s now January 2nd. An old friend of mine flew in from Los Angeles to visit her friend, who was studying at a Georgetown, and we met up with her for dinner at a Moroccan restaurant in Washington D.C. for a couple hours. On the way back, we visited with other friends who lived on the way home to see how their kid was doing (and met up with their cousins too).

Just when you thought the odyssey was complete, it wasn’t. The next day, we hopped on a plane to New York where we would meet up with my parents, a pair of aunts and uncles, and our cousins. We ate some great food, saw my parent’s new house for the first time with their stuff in it, and ate some great food. Then, this past Monday, we hopped on a 6:30 am flight (by the way, Southwest you need more than two people checking folks in during the holiday rush!), flew back home to Maryland, put in a full day of work, and then passed out.

Very tiring but well worth it!

How were your holidays?

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6 Responses to “Your Take: What Did You Do For The Holidays?”

  1. It sounds like you had a nice time visiting with friends and family. Our Christmas holiday was peaceful, we stayed at home, grilled burgers and had a bonfire with our two adult sons (both still live at home – ages 19 and 21). We stayed up until midnight to see the new year in – popped popcorn and watched a $1 rental movie. I was lucky enough to be able to take six days off from my “day” job at Christmas and have a four day weekend at New Year’s. Thanks for asking!

  2. carla says:

    Sounds like you had a great time! We spend Christmas and New Years home – just the two of us. We did take some mini trips right before Christmas and after New Years, but for the most part it was really peaceful.

  3. Jessica says:

    We flew to upstate NY (from DFW in TX) and spent the week planning our upcoming wedding and opening presents with my family, which turned into playing the Wii’s we all got non-stop for 2 days. We flew back home the day after Christmas and worked all that week except new year’s day, which we spent recovering from a party we went to at one of our neighbor’s houses the night before… =)

  4. MoneyNing says:

    I went to Canada to see my parents! It was super cold and it’s great to actually “live their life” for a week or so (we literally lived a retired life like they do). At lunch time, we were talking about dinner and when dinner time came, we asked “what’s for lunch tomorrow”.

    I suspect that it would get dry after a while but doing it for a week was great! Christmas is always fun! 🙂

  5. velvet jones says:

    My boyfriend picked up my cat and me from Chicago and drove us back to the Cincinnati area where he lives. We stayed with him and his 75 lb. dog (oh yes…there were hijinx!) for a month. I saved up a bunch of PTO that had to be used before the end of the year. During that time we drove to Cleveland to visit his parents, and his brother and his family, for Christmas where we were promptly greeted by a tv news report that the beau of a family member was “Fugitive of the Week.”

    Did I mention that this was the first time I was meeting his family? Yeah, the fun didn’t stop there, but I’ll spare you the pearl-clutching details.

  6. thomas says:

    I was snowed in.

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