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Home for the Holidays: Perfect Traditions

Updated on December 5, 2017
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A perfect time to enjoy traditions and plan towards the New Year.
A perfect time to enjoy traditions and plan towards the New Year. | Source

Perfect Traditions

Twirling brown strands of hair through her fingers, Beth looked at her ring as she explained, "The thing is, I’ve been thinking it over, Cal. You're right. I wasn't going to, but I should be out at the farm with the family." Their call couldn't last long, but she wanted him to know.

"It's more than that your folks are going to be there. It's that going home for the holidays is a gift not everyone gets to enjoy," Beth told Cal. She had been considering what he told her the last time they talked and she knew it was important to him.

"Even though you can't be there this year, it's true that we never know when it will be the last time everyone else will be together. Going home for Christmas is the stuff of family traditions you and I want to continue so I know I should take advantage of this chance. Though your work means circumstances aren't always going to be ideal, we should make the most of what we do have.

"I really do want to go on out to the farm after all, even though you’ll still be so far away." She paused to keep from crying, then swallowed hard, "Since you're over there for so long this time that is going to be my best plan, and I do need to be there with my parents. Getting ready for everyone who is able to come will be a special time with Mom and Dad."

The Love of Family and Friends Highlights the Season of Love
The Love of Family and Friends Highlights the Season of Love | Source

Cal smiled to himself as she went on. Her excitement was building and that warmed his heart as much as the sound of her voice.

The slight giggle in her voice brightened him even more, "Listening to them bustling around from up in my pepto-pink room, I’ll know exactly when Dad opens the back door to feed the cat and just when Mom opens the oven door to put in her biscuits. Their strong coffee will rouse me, and while we eat breakfast that first morning it’ll be fun to watch them finish plans for the biggest day. Only Mom cooks the turkey for that event. I won’t even offer!

"Just my two sisters and their families will come the week before Christmas. Our brothers can’t come until Christmas Day because they travel so far, but they will all get to stay almost two weeks. Their families are going to be over in the old cabin sleeping snuggly together in front of a wood fire every night, but they’ll help out every day.

"Anyway, Mom’s delight is to have her big get-together on New Year’s Day. She loves it that the whole clan has that to look forward to after Christmas has come and gone. All the other relatives will bring their own specialties–family favorites–each one with a detailed biography, coming from all over the place.

"Mom’s forte is being the hostess with everything going smoothly. She’ll be sad that you’re not with us, though. I’ll get there in time to help her have everything shining clean and to make their decorations flow like fountains. She likes that I’m an architect.

"Dad and I will be Mom’s busy bees starting Thanksgiving weekend. She’ll keep the coffee pot full and we’ll follow her designing plans together." Her chattering came faster now, "I know, I’ll always be his little girl, but soon you and I will belong to each other! Just think, Cal--early spring!"

He could see her bouncing on her tiptoes when she said those words and it took all his resolve not to let her know how deeply the sight touched him at that moment, not wanting to alter her rising spirits in any way.

Beth's thoughts were racing forward now, "I’m so glad your parents are coming. Having had just you, I hope they won’t be overwhelmed with everyone in my family. We’ll all work hard to make sure they are comfortable, I promise, and they’ll have everything they need. They are such dears! But how could they not be to have raised a son like you?!"

Being together during the holidays should be a permanent tradition!
Being together during the holidays should be a permanent tradition! | Source

"You're sure it won't be too much for your parents?" Cal asked. He knew the answer, but he wanted her to keep talking. Hearing more about it would make him feel closer to all the celebrating while he was gone.

"Of course not, and I’m sure Mom is using this holiday season’s decorating to practice for the wedding. She'll enjoy talking it all out with your mom. Don’t tease--you’re going to miss all the fuss! She’s planning some beautiful tables, even the children’s are going to be very stylish.

"Early on New Year's Day we'll have the yearly introductions of new family members–from newly weds to newborns. At least you’ll be the star of it all next year! Dad is already working on his annual challenge from Scripture for the family. I think he said he’s using MacArthur’s new book Slave to help him with his theme. I might try to read it beforehand.

"Then there will be games for all the kids, with awards at the end of the day. Mom always focuses the awards on character traits first. Skill takes second place in her book. She also has Dad building a small photography studio to be set up by the barn so families can have as many pictures as they want with each other. If it doesn’t snow Dad won’t sit still until he gets a snow machine for it, but that’ll make for noisy videoing outdoors!

"Mom won’t cook anything except the turkeys that weekend. Her real goal is to fill all the nooks and crannies of the farm with her perfect traditions. Oh, Cal, I'm just chattering on, but I can’t wait until you are a permanent tradition in our family, just like I will be in yours!"

The Blessing of Christmas!
The Blessing of Christmas! | Source

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Check out the other story titles from this Home for the Holidays series in the links below:

Fostering Care -- Home for the Holidays, Number 8

On Christmas Day our gifts were nice, yet, that day I realized that no present on earth could ever equal what being accepted as one of their family members meant to me.

Christmas Fudge -- Home for the Holidays, Number 6

Mom’s delight is to have her big get-together on New Year’s Day. She loves it that the whole clan has that to look forward to after Christmas has come and gone.

The Favor -- Home for the Holidays, Number 5

There’s a small river between the woods and the main field that I want to get reacquainted with. He and I are old friends, and I need to hear his voice again.

A Holiday Respite -- Home for the Holidays, Number 4

I’ll close my eyes in the safest place on earth, and open them again to familiar sights in the morning's light. Everything on this side of the world will be behind me--for a little while.

The Gift of a Lifetime -- Home for the Holidays, Number 3

Adam told her he had been listening to the children breathe as they slept. A snow-bound house full of children and grandchildren was just what he and Angie needed to give them the merry Christmas they wished for.

Grandpa's House -- Home for the Holidays, Number 2

He’ll settle you around his tree by the fireplace. The gifts will be spilling out everywhere, but he won’t say a word about them.

A Change of Plans -- Home for the Holidays, Number 1

Friends who used to run the groves and fields with me will show up. Some of them, anyway. Those who won’t be there, well, they’ll still be there.

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from the short journey

    Peggy W:

    Thanks kindly for stopping by to check out this story in my little holiday series, and for leaving your feedback on it!

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I voted this up & beautiful. Such a sweet story!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    Sorry you didn't care for this little story, but I appreciate honest input.

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    7 years ago

    What a stupid!

    I thought short story!!! . . :@

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    Why, thank you very much! It's so encouraging to hear from readers who enjoy these stories. I'm so glad it reminded of happy bygone days.

    I greatly appreciate your comments!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    "Quill Again":

    Thanks kindly! Appreciate your visit and input very much.

  • SanneL profile image


    7 years ago from Sweden

    You are truly a talented writer!

    This was such a beautiful and heart warming story. It brought back some very old and happy memories.

    "Going home for the holidays is a gift not everyone gets to enjoy, and we never know when the last time will be"

    So true!

    Voted up and beautiful!:)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    Well put, this hub aside! You made me smile this morning!

    Thanks bunches for stopping by and letting me know you read the hub!

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    "Quill Again" 

    7 years ago

    Hi RT... looks as thought I need to back up and catch up... well don.


  • carriethomson profile image


    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    well the perfect tradition of meeting and greeting you loved ones and going home should be definitely continues and who doesn’t like going home and looking at your parent beam with joy because you are with them on this festive occasion!! perfect and should be carried on :))



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