For the first 30 years of my life, I didn't have to be strategic about Christmas plans. I stayed in my hometown after graduate school, about 10 minutes away from my parents and one set of grandparents and 45 minutes away from the other set of grandparents. I worked in jobs which did not give me time off Christmas Eve day and because my family doesn't travel for the holidays, I didn't need to take time off after Christmas either.
Christmas remained the same whirlwind of celebrating it always was.
Christmas Eve is spent with my dad's side of the family, followed by Christmas morning with my parents and brother (my sister-in-law joined the mix a couple of years ago), and then we head out out to be with my mom's side of the family by noon and spend the afternoon there. By the time we get back, I'm spent.
When I still lived in my hometown, this was no big deal. I'd return to my apartment to recharge and then it would be back to my usual routine.
This is my final post as the Pilgrim in Residence at A Sacred Journey. I hope you guys have enjoyed this series! Please be sure to check out Lacy's site and learn more about her story. Head on over to read the rest and let me know what your best "introvert Christmas" tips are.