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What did you do this Christmas Eve?
If it was anything like mine, you spent large parts of it working, which today meant tracking down, banning, and removing disturbing content posted by wannabe pedophiles on one of the websites I work for. This is no one’s ideal holiday, but even to my own surprise it didn’t get me down today.
Yesterday was my 8-month “travelversary”, meaning I’ve spent the last 240-odd days wandering this corner of the globe with no real plan or destination in mind. When you live a life this undefined the importance you previously attached to tradition and ceremony quickly disappears. Today, that was blatantly obvious with my lack of (which would have been deserved) melancholy regarding the day’s activities.
This year will be the first time in 30 years that one of my immediate family is not present for Christmas. Myself and my older sister both moved away after high school, but Christmas is the one holiday that everyone always returned home to San Diego for. In our adult lives the childhood customs have become even more settled, and each Christmas Eve and Christmas morning my family would go through the traditions which, although they may have been more appropriate 15 years ago, have become beloved by us all (I also have a 22-year old brother).
I was prepared to feel pretty emo about being alone today, about being the first one in my family to break the streak, about missing the Christmas spirit which I’ve always enjoyed without cynicism, even about missing a winter Christmas (yesterday it was 95 degrees in Melbourne and decidedly un-wintery).
But those feelings never materialized.