Driving home for Christmas
Well if I have set the time correctly this article will publish whilst I am on the road and heading back to my parents for Christmas.
Christmas to me has always been about family and those you love, being around you and celebrating another year together. This may be why my efforts to celebrate New Year are somewhat lacklustre as I focus my attention on Christmas. I am not sure why this is but it is how I have grown up and I continue to enjoy it.
At Christmas home means my parents house (even though the remainder of the year it is my own lovely flat). I wonder does anyone else experience this shift in location of “home” this time of year? Could this be a true reflection of the phrase “Home is where the heart is?”, if so then what an amazing way to show that where your heart lies this holiday season.
I have in my time working at sea spent two Christmases away from my family and loved ones here on land. It would be simple to say it was not the same, naturally as those around me were different. However I was still at home, my surrogate family being my shipmates on board. Nothing can replace your actual family but seafaring life for me certainly gave me an appreciation of how quickly you can bind people together, both those that are new to the experience and those veterans of life at sea.
With those thoughts I will keep this entry short and wish that wherever you are, whoever you are with, that you are soon home for Christmas!