I actually loved the holidays this year. I don't always, they tend to be slightly stressful, not to mention the holiday travel & crazy work schedules. This year, it was a combination of many things that made my holidays happier than I can remember in a long time. Family was beautiful, work was so much fun, and friends were truly special. Jorge is a new friend of mine, we've known each other vicariously through others for the past year but have recently decided to become friends for real.
Christmas morning, my roommate(s) and I woke up and poured mimosas, threw on holiday music, and cooked up enough to feed an army. We had invited anyone who was in town to stop by and share the cheer with us, but ended up merrily drinking and eating everything ourselves. We were so excited when Jorge showed up, he was our only guest! We poured rounds of special hot apple cider and sat outside watching the night light up, trying to remember Christmas pasts, and anticipating the good things in the year to come. He said this year would be easy to recall, as it was the first Christmas he had not spent with his family. I'm used to not having my family around on Xmas day, but I was still thinking of them as we sat drinking my mom's magic recipe, and feeling blessed to have this new friend by my side.