I hope you had an absolutely amazing holiday!!! I spent Christmas in Northern California with Fletch, my Dad, and our pup, Lily. As you probably know by now, this was our first Christmas without my Mom. When making our holiday plans I knew that regardless of where I was, it was going to be a difficult time. Losing my Mom has honestly been the most difficult thing I’ve gone through. I have a ton of triggers. Mother/daughter relationships, any type of death, sickness, hospitals, mother figures in general, and basically anything else she liked/talked about. So yeah, everything basically makes me think of her.
So, you can imagine how hard Christmas would be since it was her favorite holiday. My parents went all-out for Christmas. I remember walking up the stairs from my bedroom and seeing the sea of presents spread out under the Christmas tree. My Mom and Dad LOVED seeing my and my siblings’ little faces as we opened our gifts.
That’s why when deciding on what we wanted to do for the holiday I decided that I needed to spend it with my Dad. While the holiday was going to be difficult for me, I knew it would be even harder for my Dad. I also wanted to be with someone who was feeling the same pain I was feeling. I didn’t want to spend the weekend sad so I made sure that we all kept busy. To be honest, being around my Dad and Fletch really helped.
Our first day in California we drove up to Monterey to visit the aquarium. It was seriously RAD! Fletch and I had never been so my Dad thought it would be a fun experience. We had a great time looking at all of the little critters.
Our second day in California was Christmas Eve so we didn’t do too much. I met up with my friend, Elda of Thousand Skies, to grab coffee and walk around the outlet mall. It was wonderful! I had only met Elda once before at a convention but it was really short. I really enjoyed getting to know her. Elda is just as lovely in person as you might think.
After hanging out with Elda I spent the rest of the day at the house with my Dad and Fletch. It was a perfect way to spend the day.
Christmas day started with opening gifts. My big gift for my Dad was a trip to the Winchester Mystery House. It was really hard to keep it a secret but I’m so glad I did! He seemed really excited about it. My Dad kind of over-did it for Fletch and I. I won’t list out everything we got but I will say he really nailed it. After gifts we rested for a short bit before prepping for dinner. My Dad made us prime rib, crab, corn, carrots, and we helped with the mashed potatoes. It was an amazing meal!!!! I haven’t eaten that well in a long time (lol). After dinner we decided to all go to a movie together. The last few years we’ve seen a movie on Christmas so its kind of become a tradition. It was the perfect way to spend the holiday.
Our last day in California before heading home was spent in San Jose, visiting the Winchester Mystery House. Both Fletch and my Dad had never been so Fletch and I thought it would be a fun little adventure. It was a lot of fun!! The house is a lot less creepy than you might think. It’s just a strange yet beautiful house with a lot of character. I’m really glad we could all go together.
That’s my recap! I hope you enjoyed hearing about my Christmas in California with my Dad and Fletch. The holiday was difficult but being surrounded with such love and support made it easy to get through.
How did you spend your holiday?