25 Songs of Christmas: Day 20 – Celebrate Me Home
Today we travel. It’s a prospect that fills me with both dread and excitement. The 11 hour drive through barren midwest landscapes is not fun one, then there’s the prospect of sleeping in someone else’s bed for over a week, and there’s all the visits to make, and polite conversations with people I only vaguely remember that I have to look forward. I feel the tension in my shoulders just thinking about it.
Then I push through the back door to my parents home, and the smell of home cooked food will overwhelm me. My folks will be waiting in the kitchen and pull us in to a circle of hugs, snagging my sleeping son. The lights on the tree will guide us too our room and we’ll awake to the sounds of my son playing with his grandparents. Extended families will gather around too much food and too much wine. Laugher and the sound of running children will fill every corner, until the beautiful golden light of Christmas Eve church services fill us with peace.
Suddenly the drive, and the work, and the awkwardness pale in comparison to my readiness to be home.