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There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays…

This was made painfully aware to me this afternoon as I drove down Main Street here in Fallbrook. They were preparing for their Christmas parade and the street was already lined with chairs! EMPTY CHAIRS. It was about 1:30 and main street closes to traffic at 3pm.

When I got home and told hubs he said “cue the John Cougar Melloncamp Music ‘I was born in a small town, live and die in a small town!’” It’s no exaggeration that Fallbrook is a small town… it’s not even a town, it’s an incorporate of San Diego County. Who knows who runs all these parades they have if there is no local government in charge of doing it!

On my way home I snapped a few pictures to show Hubs and then I saw a sign “Kringle Corner” It wasn’t Kringle, I forget the name, but it was a family area. It immediately reminded me of St. Patrick’s Day and the parade in Ocean View, VA! Our family had a corner where we would all gather. We would hang out for hours before the parade started and we would have chairs up on the corner waiting for us.

I know this will sound awkward, but last year Hubs was deployed and I guess I stayed in more than I wanted to admit even to myself, because the fact that I was alone for the holidays was not made painfully aware to me until Christmas day when family began calling. This year, there are lights up, and people celebrating, and parties… I HAVE my husband home with me, and I feel more alone than I did last year.

How do adults so it? How do you move away from your hometown and get through the holidays? How do you celebrate in a town where you know no one, but that town is now “your home“? Today I learned Fallbrook is definitely not our home. We have this Christmas and two more in town. Maybe next year we’ll go to the parade and see what the hometown fuss is all about.

Oh, and the chairs? Here ya go::

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  1. The empty chairs are hilarious! How weird!

    I definitely understand how you feel! We’ve been in Arizona for 3 years now and it is just starting to feel less lonely. Surprisingly, the thing that helped me the most was finding a family here to “join.” They have three kids, who we adore. We cooked Thanksgiving dinner together, helped them decorate for Christmas, and have pizza nights together. I don’t know what it is, but having that family environment has helped my loneliness so much. I still miss my family like crazy, but I have actually started really enjoying our time here instead of just wishing I was back in Colorado with my family.

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  2. All those empty chairs look a little creepy. I feel like at any moment you could turn a corner and be met by a wall of zombies on the hunt for brains to eat… or something of that sort.

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  3. Oh girl, add in all that you said, but place yourself in another freaking country! It’s a challenge, for sure. I think that one saving grace is that I’ll be sleeping when my family back home is celebrating with our long-time traditions on Christmas Eve and Christmas. I think if I were in another state I would miss it more…does that make sense? I’m hoping that since I’ll literally miss everything by sleeping through it I won’t miss it as much.

    There’s really no place like home for the holidays, that’s for sure.

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