When I was eight, my parents had just gone through a divorce and it was my mom, my brother and I for the holidays. My dad was never a huge Christmas buff anyway, and his tendency was to forget that the holidays were coming and rely on my mom to make it special for us.
My mom had some time off that year, so she had wrapped all of the gifts and put them under the tree a few days early, much to our delight. We sat by the Christmas tree, shaking the boxes and packages, trying to guess what was in them. My mom looked on from her spot on the couch for a few minutes, before she quietly slipped away.
She came out of our bedrooms a few minutes later with a suitcase for each of us, and had decided on a whim to take us to her home town; the town my aunts, uncles, cousins, and great grandmother still lived in.
It is such a special memory for me because it was the first Christmas that we spent as a threesome, and we spent it with some of the most important people in my young life – my extended maternal family.
(Plus, my mom back then was not much of an adventurer, so to be spontaneous like that was a nice treat).
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