Even though it’s just the two of us..has been for the past 11 years, we still have little traditions that we do, that I know without a doubt will carry on when we have children. This years traditional winter kick off is in so much contrast to last years!
Every year, just before the calendar flips over to December little towns surrounding us have annual winter light ups. We have always chosen the sweet little town of Summerland. It honestly feels like stepping into Stars Hollow of Gilmore Girls. It’s got that small town, community feel, and you are bound to run into multiple people you know. There are carollers both young and old singing their hearts out, santa and his reindeer, live music, little shops both retail and coffee with their doors open for all to come in and enjoy, and of course fireworks to kick off the holiday spirit. It really is incredible!
The mr. and I go to this every single year. Then the next day we have a lazy Saturday filled with an agenda of whatever we feel up to. Then in the evening we enjoy getting the home set up with all the christmas cheer, a little apple cider, and of course..elf (I am pretty sure everyone does too)!
This year though, as we stepped out of the coffee shop with warm coco in our hands, we both looked at each other and agreed that this year we felt so much stronger and more full of hope than ever before! I don’t know what’s happening guys..I am not sure why we are feeling so strong right now..but this season is good! Yes we still long so much for what isn’t right now..but we are so good! And this year as we walked the streets of Summerland, I felt so grateful for just him. That I had another day with him, another memory made, another tradition ticked off the yearly box. And deep down I just knew that it will all work out. I still do. But that night instead of coming home, being wrapped up in his arms as a I sobbed about another year/holiday passing and the inevitable disappointment that it brought, I went to bed completely content. And for that I am so thankful!
I’m not going to lie to you though..my life isn’t perfect and it isn’t all roses…and I am not perfect! As we set up the garland for the fireplace the grinch in me arrived! I had moments where I just couldn’t smile or find the humour in untangling a bunch of lights, then discovering half of them aren’t working, etc! Thankfully the mr. always brings the fun to the party and got rid of the grinch in me..even if it means him being incredibly cheesy (insert the cheesy photos)! I absolutely LOVE it though! He is so good for me I tell ya! All in all we survived the garland, lights, etc..called it a night and toasted to another year!
Now I have to patiently wait until New Years eve when the clock strikes midnight..as that is when my most favourite tradition takes place! I’ll explain more about this later..just it will make more sense then! And no..it isn’t about the traditional new years eve kiss ha! Although..that’s always a gooder too.. (insert winking emoji).