That's right. Only one more month till I am on my way to the US!!! I can't wait. I get to spend 2.5 weeks in the US for Christmas. I have only spent one Christmas in the US with my family in the past 4 years and I'm so excited to get to go home for the holidays this year (not to mention I haven't seen most of my family and friends in over a year). And even better, Lionel is coming with me! It will be his first American Christmas, and (this is pathetic) only his second trip ever to the States (last time was to visit me for a month at the end of the first year of our relationship).
This is going to be one of the best Christmases I have had in years. Not that spending the holiday's with he in-laws is bad, but every time I'm in France for Christmas I miss all of my family's holiday traditions and just the atmosphere and spirit of the US at Christmas. The houses are all decorated, the cities and towns have much nicer decorations than they do in France (in my opinion), we have a large Christmas tree, Christmas music is playing on every radio station, we have a fire in the fireplace and a house warmly decorated for the season. I miss it all and I can't wait!
I do enjoy Christmas in France/Europe as well and there are things I wish we did in the US. For example, the Christmas market. I absolutely love the Christmas market with the vin chaud and the holiday atmosphere and the cute chalets full of ornaments and other seasonal goods. It's a great Christmas tradition, but for me, nothing beats being in Ohio for the holidays.
This trip home is also going to be excited because of the upcoming wedding that Lionel and I are planning for December 19. It's been stressful, but I am confident the end result will be worth it. And it will be nice to finally celebrate our marriage with my family and friends. And to get to wear a white wedding dress! Plus it's going to be a great opportunity to get to see everyone I miss at once since I won't have time in 2.5 weeks to go visit everyone I know. I think this holiday season is going to be the best ever and I just hope it lives up to my expectations! And I hope our trip goes smoothly because I'm really looking forward to it!!!