A Different Kind of Holiday

Confession: I used to hate weekends during my freshman year. During the week I was too busy to feel homesick but when the weekend hit, I had “time” to feel all the emotions. Today? I love weekends. I do prefer having a few things on my calendar to keep me busy (mentally and physically) but, in general, I love my free time. Yet I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t dreading Easter weekend. I haven’t dreaded a weekend in a while so it was an unfamiliar feeling.

This was the first Easter I didn’t spend with family. In a way it sounds like a big deal, but really, it doesn’t compare to missing Christmas. I joked with my mom that the most important day in our religion is not the most popular holiday by any means. Just goes to show how commercialized holidays have become…

Regardless, I treated this Sunday for the special day it is. I put my own spin on family traditions. I went to sunrise service, took a long walk, made a nice dinner, spent time by the pool and FaceTimed with my family. I still insisted that my mom send me an Easter basket, but I don’t think I’m going to grow out of that anytime soon.

Easter 2015

Before

Easter 2015

After. My mom rocks. My dad rocks too but this was my mom’s doing ;)

Actually, I think it was about time I spent a holiday alone. Easter is not Christmas, Thanksgiving or my birthday. If this was freshman year I would have thrown a fit for not being home. Two years later I’ve grown up enough to put things into perspective. I know there will be other holidays and I took this weekend as an opportunity to relish in how far I’ve come. As my mom put it, I’m learning to find joy in the little things. Those jars of Wild Friends didn’t hurt ;)

This weekend was special. It was simple. It was marvelous in its own way.

Did you celebrate Easter? Did the Easter bunny visit your house?
Do you celebrate holiday’s with family?

Comments

  1. CARLA says

    oh I GET WHAT A BIG DEAL IT IS.
    this was the first PASSOVER in eons I was with family and it felt so good.

    xoxo
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  2. Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie says

    I am happy that you made the best of being alone on a holiday, and it looks like you had really good time (I am jealous you got to spend it by the pool!!). I have never missed a holiday since my school isn’t that far from home, and I can’t imagine missing a holiday, it would be difficult, but you have to make the best of the situation & find a way to enjoy yourself anyway!
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  3. Gretchen | Gretchruns says

    Such a nice present your mom sent you! That’s so nice that she was thinking of you and made your Easter a little brighter. My mom still gives me a basket every year. This year is was mostly filled with treats for my dog though! She spoils her so much :)

  4. Emily @ Sweets and Beets says

    Girl, that is a ballin’ Easter basket. But I feel you! This year was my first Thanksgiving and Easter away from home. Luckily I got to spend them with friends and family in smaller-scale ways, but it definitely seems like as we get older, our traditions change shape a little.

    I think what’s important is that you are soo close with your family, which not everyone can say! I agree about Christmas being the biggest family holiday. And I’m sure you’ll get to see them soon enough! <3
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    • says

      I try to hold on to some traditions (like the Easter basket) but you’re right, they do change a little as we get older. For better and worse. I hope you had a nice holiday with your friends/family :)

  5. Sarah @pickyrunner says

    Aww I love your mom’s easter basket and her note! I have to say it is STILL hard being away from family for holidays (this was the first one in awhile I haven’t been with some family for Easter) but doing things that you enjoy make it easier. For me, yesterday meant a bike ride, ice cream date, and a walk outside. But it’s always nice to know your family is still thinking of you :)
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    • says

      Our days were very similar! Time spent outdoors doing activities I love made the day fun. I wanted to go for a bike ride actually! But I would need a a bike to do that ;)

  6. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says

    Well that is some momma love! ;) Wish I got sent those jars!
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  7. Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl says

    I understand how hard it can be – I went to college in the UK and so I was not home for Thanksgiving each year, which for our family is the real major holiday (my immediate family hosts and we have a mix of faiths from different aunts and uncles so it’s really the big one where everyone is together). I remember eating turkey soup and trying to stream the parade on TV for all my British friends on the NBC online player… at least UK Christmas food is like US Thanksgiving food with turkey, cranberries, etc. so it was available!
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    • says

      Wow, I cannot even imagine being that far away from my family. That’s a good idea that you streamed the parade! It doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving without it.

  8. Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete says

    Awww, bless! Best “Away From Home” Easter basket ever.:)
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  9. Rebecca @ MyEagerFeet says

    It sounds like you managed to have a fun day regardless of being away from your family! College is a weird time for missing holidays because you can’t quite start making new long-term traditions of your own.
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  10. Coco says

    Aw, I felt the same way from the other side – a little out of sorts without either of my kids home for Easter. I did send them candy and we talked on the phone, so it wasn’t too bad!
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    • says

      Talking on the phone (and FaceTiming!) helped so much. And it’s nice to know I will see them in just a few weeks. Hope you have a great day!

  11. Lacey @ Runs and Roses says

    I spend a few holidays away from home, but I loved creating new traditions with my college friends! And your easter basket goodies are right up my ally, yum!
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