I’m always happy when this day finally comes! It’s the last Christmas party for the year that just passed. I’ve been hosting the family Christmas party for my aunts and uncles for about 10 years now. More specifically, the Hunt’s family Christmas (my mom and all her brother’s and their spouses). I don’t know which of my family reads this and at this point I don’t really care. I have one brother – we don’t always see eye-to-eye, his fiance’ and I haven’t always gotten along well. But when we do get to see each other – which isn’t often here lately – we do everything we can to get along with each other and enjoy the time together. Not all brother’s, sisters, and in-laws seem to be able to do that. I just wish we could have a family Christmas where everyone talks to each other – nicely! Where everyone puts aside thinly veiled barbed words. Where everyone brushes off anything they think might be finger pointing remarks. I just wish my kids for once in their life could see a group of family members that get along and enjoy being together.
I put alot of work into these famiy Christmas parties – this year, my heart just wasn’t into it any more. It seems no matter how hard I try something is never good enough. My aunts and uncles are all 10, 15, maybe 20 years older than me. Some days I just wish they’d step up and take on more of a role as elders in this family. I wish they’d be there for each other – share more joys and sadness with each other. Be bonded together as brothers and sisters and realize that life is flying by while they’re wrapped up in whatever it is they’re not getting along with each other about. I’m still a single mom, raising kids. Yes, those kids are now teens but there’s still alot of responsibility on my shoulders and this family gathering is always stressful because I know the outcome every year is going to be the same. I just wish we could have a fun, happy, joyful family get-together but nothing I’ve ever done seems to make that happen.
Well, enough of my ranting – here’s some pictures of the Hunt family