But then I married and had kids.
Since I married a man who didn't have my parents' income, the month of December soon became a headache. We simply couldn't afford to spend a great deal on presents for our family, let alone my extended family! He had grown up with only buying for his parents, a sister, and her two kids. I had to buy for 3 grandmothers, one grandfather, two aunts, a cousin and her two children, my parents, and my sister. Thankfully, my dad's side of the family decided to draw names, so I only had to buy for whomever name I drew. Then later, we decided to only buy for the kids. But this still seemed 'too much' for my grumpy spouse.
As my kids grew older, the toys got more expensive, and soon we were adding school parties and teacher gifts to the budget. As a result, no matter how much I bought in advance, December always snuck up on me, and I soon began wishing we could simply skip it altogether.
That's why now the 4th of July is my favorite holiday. We don't have to go anywhere; we can buy hot dogs and Johnsonville Brats and cook on the grill. Watch the parade at 6pm, then find 'our spot' to watch the fireworks. Eat ice cream.
So what about you? What's YOUR favorite holiday?
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Heart-felt apologies.....last week, I had to take a bus to Chicago with my mom, in order to help her catch her (very early!) morning flight out of O'Hare on Sat. She's spent the last week with my sister in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Today, I'm taking the bus back to O'Hare, to help her get to the motel so we can return to Lafayette tomorrow. I also have a class reunion tomorrow night, so I probably won't get around to commenting until Sunday or Monday again.