What does it mean to be home for the holidays? Egg nog? Way too much amazing food? Children and Santa? Champagne and orange juice in front of the fire on Dec 25? Stockings filled? There are the pre-Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve parties, more family on New Year’s Day. Perhaps some well-earned time away from courses and thesis. That sounds great! Bring it on. Two weeks of blank space seems like an eternity, and leaving it blank is something to relish.
On another note, I think I have already experienced the most poignant moment this holiday. I invited a fellow grad student over to share Christmas supper with my family on Dec 25, not knowing if she had plans. My friend was going to order out, all alone in Montreal, family on the other side of the world. The look of total relief and happiness on her face – priceless. I am quite certain that that moment will be the highlight of my holiday. I am so grateful that I could offer my home to a friend for the holiday.
Wishing everyone a great holiday, and all the best for the New Year. Enjoy the break!