It’s that time of year when the holiday season is in full swing. Between Halloween and Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Years coming up, this is when I really start to miss home. This is my second winter living in Florida and honestly, it hasn’t gotten much easier. As much as I love getting to see Christmas decorations at Disney World every day, nothing compares to Christmas at home and with my family. I miss the small things like hating snow so much during any other time of the year but having it bring so much joy waking up to it on Christmas morning. I miss seeing the Christmas tree lit up with presents underneath it brings back that childhood feeling and spending a little too much time with my family. There are so many things I miss but at the same time, I am so grateful of where I get to work and to see Cinderella Castle lit up every night. I get to experience a truly magical time of year in the most magical place.
Later on this week, I am flying home to spend some time with family for an early Christmas. Every year, my moms side of the family and I go to Macy’s in downtown Chicago to eat at the Walnut Room and do some shopping. It is my favorite holiday tradition that I refuse to miss. For the past five years, we’ve had to schedule it around work and school but it’s something that I will always go back home for. This is honestly a tradition I want to keep going with my future family one day because it was such a big part of my life growing up. I cherish it even more now as an adult because of my crazy work schedule and not seeing my family as often. I am not looking forward to the cold weather though. I am thoroughly enjoying my 80 degrees December and I know my mom is very jealous because of it.
I love working for Disney but the worst part about it is not being home for the holidays. But to make that a bit easier, I found my people here. I was blessed with incredible roommates who are always down for Christmas movies and cookies, awesome coworkers who make my days a little brighter by their goofiness and the people I get to spend my holidays with, and a family that FaceTimes me at all family events. Even though I’ll be working, I can’t wait to spend the rest of this year with the individuals who have become my part of my family.