Every Christmas Eve since I can remember my grandparents (Poppop and Mommom) read “The Night Before Christmas” to my sisters and me. Whether we were sitting next to each other beside a fire or were listening to the story over speaker phone, we always made it work. This year many of my traditions were put to the side as I experienced a French Christmas. I thought doing things differently during my favorite holiday would be hard but I think I was so busy taking in the new things that I didn’t miss so many of the traditional rituals. The one part of my Christmas that I couldn’t seem to wrap my head around missing was story time on Christmas Eve. But there were more complications than just my being across the ocean: my Poppop was in Hawaii, my Mommom passed away just before I left to come to France, and my sisters and I were all getting “too old.” So when I Skyped my family Christmas Eve I was so excited to hear we would read the story over Skype. How cool is technology: my Poppop from Hawaii read a book over the phone and through Skype to me in France! This little part of American Christmas made me feel like I was “home for Christmas, even if only in my dreams…”
I hope everyone can feel close to their family this holiday season…it’s possible no matter where you are.