It is Day 23 of Blogmas! In other words, Christmas is almost here! I'm traveling back to Texas today to spend the holidays with my family and reunite with some old friends. Although I've had the chance to go home several times this year, nothing beats coming home for Christmas time and seeing the house brightly decorated, eating homecooked meals, playing with our 3 puppies, and doing crafts with my sister. Since my family is not traveling this holiday for the first time in a while, I'm excited to get to open presents under the tree on Christmas morning and drink tons of homemade hot chocolate. I'm bringing back a DIY photobooth I had created for my ugly sweater Christmas party and I can't wait to force my family members to take pictures with all the props!
Another bonus of being home for the holidays is getting to see some of my oldest friends again. I went to elementary, middle, and high schools with some of these people and I haven't seen many of them since graduating college 2 years ago. As soon as I get off the plane today I'll be having lunch with 3 of my high school besties. We live in Houston, Dallas, Detroit, and New York, but we've stayed in close contact over the years and followed each other's lives faithfully. I love reunions like these because it gives us the opportunity to catch up and pick up like we were never apart. I'm excited to hear about their many achievements in life (switching jobs, getting married, raising a puppy, moving) over some delicious food! Because I live all the way in New York and I don't get to see a lot of my old friends often I truly appreciate the opportunities I get to meet up with them (whether in New York or in Texas) since I'm able to understand the value of old friendships. While there will always be new friends, there is something special about having friends who knew you when you were growing up through all those awkward phases. We're able to reminice about embarrassing high school crushes, senior prom, and how hard academics were back then. It all makes me so nostalgic! Even though we lead different and separate lives now, I know we'll always be there for each other.
Do you guys have reunions with old friends?