Open: from The Gypsy Mama’s 5-minute Friday

Here goes, my second crack at 5-minute Friday…

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Open doors, open arms, openness. That’s what Christmas was this year. We were open to doing things differently. More visiting, less stuff.

The kids jumped in. We went from house to house and spent time with family and friends. We were opening ourselves up to a different Christmas than what we were used to.

We worried that the kids wouldn’t take to it. They’re young so very little has been entrenched in their memories about what happens at Christmas. We wanted to start the right traditions. We opened ourselves to the possibility that even though there are miles and miles between family and friends, we had to make the effort. Staying close to home in the past left us with a sense of aloneness. We needed to connect to make the holidays special.

We opened our minds to the possibility of exhaustion after so much travel in two short days. We opened our imaginations to ways that we could make the travelling easier for all involved. We opened our hearts and arms to the family and friends who received us and to those who chose to visit us.

Christmas was open. It was family. It was friends. It was food and drinks and happy children. It was a holiday like no other that we have experienced. We’ll do it again next year.

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3 thoughts on “Open: from The Gypsy Mama’s 5-minute Friday

  1. shoes

    Great post! I have seen these 5 minute Friday or Listical links/posts but have never tried them.
    I stopped in to let you know that I have given you the Kreativ Blogger Award (you can read more about it in my latest post). I only just found your blog in the past couple weeks but I have greatly enjoyed it and hope some of my blog readers will do the same. 🙂

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  2. Stevey

    Your Christmas sounds beautiful… I love the emphasis on people, and your decision to choose your own traditions for your kids. Praying that I remember this for my future babies, and that you have an amazing 2012!

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