Tis the season to be…normal?

What is normal these days in terms of the holidays?  Our past holiday season, yes I consider it just about over with perhaps New Years Eve posing as a little tip off to the end, has probably been the most different in the last decade for us.  Not withstanding the birth of our children, the move to Seattle took everything and almost everyone we know about the holiday season and turn it upside down.  Some of it was a little heart wrenching, lack of grandparents on the big day, and some of it ushered in new experiences.  Most importantly we had quality time spent at home enjoying eachothers company and creating new traditions we could feel proud of.

A fair bit of the holiday season this year revolved around parties which all inevitably lead to copius amounts of drinking.  In fact, one of the holiday parties we attended only had alcohol.  While I am sure there was a kitchen somewhere I could have snagged a glass and drank from it was clear where I was allowed to be and where I wasn’t.  Lets just say that was a quick party in and out sort of event.  People need to remember that when hosting a party or any event alcohol needn’t be the primary focus.  Somehow, somewhere along the line, alcohol became less and less of a drug, (yes it is actually a drug albeit legal) and more and more of simply an acceptable social norm.  Now we’re the oddballs for not drinking out of conscious choice.  It is a degenerative disease inducing drug which slowly kills you.  It is also for sale, marketed to kids and worshiped by many.  Waking up on Christmas day not hungover, feeling the pain and having genuine interactions with everyone around was and always will be the best part of not drinking.

While we didn’t get the white Christmas we were hoping for we did at least get rain and cold.  It certainly didn’t stop us from getting out there riding bikes and shooting one another with Nerf bullets.  Rock on.  I think I can say that this holiday season established our new normal.  Is it different? Sure.  Will it always be different?  I think you know who you’re talking to…

Snowflakes in the night…


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