My husband and I decided to stay in Seattle for the holidays this year….No tree, no decoration, no hosting white elephant / dinner parties, and probably no snow. I heard Seattle rarely gets snow. Damn, I miss the fluffy, fat snow flakes in Chicago.
This will be my very first Christmas and New Year’s spending it without being surrounded by family. When I mentioned this to my husband, he got slightly bit upset at the mention of me wanting to be with my “family” during the holidays. I guess this is something I never really thought about because for me, “my family” always consisted of my mom, dad, and sister. He explained to me that to him, his definition of “family” is me, our dogs, and our soon-to-be son. Felt a bit ‘put in my place’ and bad that I hadn’t thought of that. And my husband is right, I do have my own family now and need to start making our own little family holiday traditions =).
I came across this photo that I took while Christmas shopping last December on Michigan Ave and I can’t help but miss my former, glorious city so much. Everything about this photo captures the holiday essence so perfectly. If you are actually on that street in person during this time, you will hear lovely street musicians performing jazz holiday songs, hand out extra change to bums and their warmly bundled up dogs (the dogs are what gets you! I am too soft for pups), dodge shoppers with mountains of shopping bags…and oh how could we forget…listen to hundreds of little girls screaming for their American Girl dolls. Blizzard or not, Chicago is just extra lovely during the holidays….and I miss it so much! And I can’t wait to take our little baby Liam to the city mommy came from!