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Last Christmas

("...I gave you my heart, but the very next day, you gave it away." Sorry I love that song.)

Today marks the beginning of the last Christmas event for this holiday season.

I know what you are saying, "What holiday season?"

My sister, her family, and my mom all live a state and half to the right of us so getting together at normal Christmastime is difficult. Us Simmons' are anything but normal so Christmas in January is not that big of a deal.

In my old age I understand that a date, as in a day on a calendar, is not as important as the memories you make. So if we have to have Thanksgiving the day before or celebrate a birthday a week later, no biggie.

The only one that doesn't really work is Halloween. I almost got arrested when we went Trick or Treating in November. ;)

So this year, instead of Casino Christmas, we are celebrating Cabin Christmas! We rented a cabin in Flagstaff Arizona and are all going to stay together this weekend to celebrate Christmas. 

Let's see, that would be 17 people in one 6 bedroom cabin. It's going to be like The Real World-Flagstaff that I was always hoping would happen but never has. I can't wait!

My family has had a rough go at life. In almost 38 years we have had some major highs and some serious, almost "there should be a Lifetime movie about this", lows but all and all we have stuck together. 

My family also shares my belief that family is so much more than DNA. In fact, two people coming along are considered family but technically are not. I love that about my family. It all started from my Grandma and Grandpa and the way they "adopted" so many family members that mom did the same, and now so do we. 

I don't know the meaning of life but something tells me that the relationships we have are a big part of it. It must be because my family and friends are such a major part of my life. I don't know what I would do without them.

I hope you all have a great weekend and I just would like to finish with, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Reader Comments (6)

Have a great time, George! Merry Christmas, whatever month it may be, and hope it creates even more awesome memories for your family!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Hoskins

Love this post. I grew up with only my immediate family around and it's so awesome to think of friends as family, especially if there isn't any other family. It's a beautiful thing and you write about it beautifully.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSysy Morales

Fantastic way to spend another Christmas! Enjoy it!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercolleen

OK, the minute I saw the title I started singing the WHAM song!!
Family is what's in your heart, not your DNA!
Please tell my Simmons family that I can't wait to meet them all face to face and that I LTLB!
Kelly K

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterk2

I LOVE that song too and was seriously irritated when the Taylor Swift version was played over and over and over again on the stations here at Christmas. No offense, Taylor, but George Michael's got it all over you on this one.

Your family sounds top notch and you can count me among the adoptees waiting in line to be embraced!

Merry Christmas George, et al

January 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter"D" as in "D"

Life is all about spending time with people you enjoy. Can't wait to hear about it!

January 23, 2011 | Registered CommenterScott K. Johnson

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