Since, I was certain there would be one of those big holiday tubs of popcorn when I got to my mom’s house, I thought I would have a reference for today’s prompt. But, when I asked her where it was, she informed me that she didn’t get one this year. “You don’t really like all of those flavors anyway do you?” she asked. Of course, I didn’t. I only liked the regular popcorn, but that wasn’t the point. It was a tradition! It’s funny how even enjoying only a small portion of a tradition still made me miss it when it wasn’t there. So, I assembled this made up little scene of a microwave popcorn substitute. This didn’t happen either as my mother informed me she doesn’t like the way microwave popcorn “tastes these days.” I have to admit, I’m not sure how it tastes now either, as I haven’t had it in years, but that didn’t stop me from wanting some.
Tonight, we’re headed over to my sister’s house for a holiday appetizer dinner. It’s raining and there’s a winter advisory alert of possible ice and snow, which seems like a bit of an overreaction, but for this part of the country, it’s quite an event. It continues through tomorrow, so we’re just hoping it doesn’t ruin our dinner theatre plans tomorrow night. My sister lives very close, so that shouldn’t be an issue. Also, there’s nothing that will stop me from getting some of her awesome rum balls that she makes each year. All of the food is delicious, of course, and this will be the first night to see all of the family, so it should be really fun. We’ve spent the day putting together a puzzle with mom and watching cable TV since this is the only time of year we get to see it. I don’t remember many actual shows, but the endless commercials were all rather entertaining, at least. Most of the time, when the show actually came back on, I had already forgotten what we were watching.
On Sunday, we also have our Thanksmas dinner planned. A Thanksgiving and Christmas mashup so we get to celebrate both holidays with family at once. The puzzle my mother had for us wasn’t a holiday one, but a mashup of various fairy tales, so it’s still a fun one. That said, it’s gigantic and barely fits on the card table. I’m not sure yet if we’ll be able to assemble it all in our free moments before leaving on Monday. But, attempting to do so is another part of the tradition! I love these moments, as simple as they are, and look forward to them each year. These moments won’t happen forever, so I cherish them all the more. And it’s fun to be back with those people who are just as silly as I am and share the same zany sense of humor. Though having them all in a single room can be a crazy event in itself. But, totally fun! Even when there’s no popcorn at the holidays.
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