It has been 19 years since I last celebrated Christmas with my family on Guam. So much time has passed, recalling holiday celebrations from childhood by memory is difficult without visual aids or stories shared by my sister, Melissa.
Why, you may ask, has it been so long? That’s a good question.
I don’t have any good answers and my excuses are just that – excuses. It’s not that I lack desire or interest in family gatherings, but that poor planning, inflated airfares, work scheduling and the daunting task of finding trustworthy house/dog sitters often hinder off-island trips. Simply put, vacations are expensive and require careful planning.
This will be the first year my husband and I will be celebrating the holidays without any family members or friends coming to visit. There has been very little effort in decorating.
With Christmas only 10 days away, the task to completing the holiday shopping list is now a priority. While posting the greeting cards this afternoon, memories of bygone holidays began to flood my mind and I couldn’t help but feel homesick. I’ve got a hankering for dad’s delicious home cooked meals, mom’s buko (coconut) fruit salad and quality time with my sister and nephew, Darien.
It is my hope and goal to once again delight in Yuletide festivities with my family on Guam. I’m looking forward to the day when I can say, “I’ll be going HOME for the holidays.”