Messy Christmas

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We have been blessed with many perfect Christmas seasons, surrounded with family and friends and pets… BUT there was that ONE christmas which was perfect in it’s own messy kinda way!

Holiday season  can be a messy undertaking.  I am sure each one of us could tell many stories of how your best plans for the perfect Christmases have been foiled.  Where crazy Aunt Pam shows up with her decades younger boyfriend, or everyone gets food poisoning from YOUR cooking, or grandma’s freak reindeer accident! Poor Grandma!

Matt chimed in with .. even the very FIRST Christmas was a messy one.

Imagine this…

SCENE – Mary and Joseph travel by donkey toward Bethlehem

Mary turns to Joseph and says: So, where did you make our hotel reservations?

awkward pause…

Mary: “You did make reservations, didn’t you?  Don’t tell me we are traveling all this way and you haven’t made any arrangements… You do know I’m about to have a baby, don’t you!”

Maybe it was a silent night because Mary and Joseph had nothing more to say to each other!!

Our first year being married, Matt and I were excited to celebrate our first Christmas together as a married couple.  Our plans included sleeping in, opening our few gifts to each other and setting out the airport and heading to  St. Paul, Minnesota, for a friends wedding.  We bought tickets to fly out on Christmas Day—the tickets were very reasonably priced—and we were eager to have Christmas dinner with good friends who promised us a feast of traditional German Christmas food.

The snow had begun to fall earlier that day, so before calling for a taxi, I called the airline, which informed us that our departing flight was on-schedule.  As we cruised down the empty lanes of interstate 684, in New York, the snow began to pick up its pace.  By the time we were dropped off and got inside to check-in, our flight was delayed and within a half-hour, canceled.

We walked briskly up to the ground transportation desk and were told that no more taxis were running, no busses and no trians!

We were stranded—only a few miles from home—but stranded!

Matt and I did have a Christmas dinner… not the German food we had been looking forward to, but fried clam strips and chili at the airport lunch counter.  With a hundred or so new friends, we slept on our coats on the airport chairs, with our feet propped up on our luggage.  Outside, snow had fallen snow on snow in The Christmas Nor’easter of that winter and the blowing snow would set off the sensors on the automatic doors, allowing the blizzard inside the terminal every ten minutes or so.

Every 3 minutes through the night we heard the recording, “Please do not leave bags unattended.  Unattended bags will be subject to search.  If you see a suspicious package please notify airport security immediately.”  Every three minutes!!!

We finally made it to Minnesota late the next day and had a great time with friends.   And we made a great Christmas memory.  We even talked about going back to the airport some Christmas for clam strips and chili… but we haven’t done so, yet.

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Although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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