Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Holiday without Family - by Choice

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Holiday without Family - by Choice

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The exhilaration. The feeling of boldness as you shed tradition and celebrate your way - with friends instead of family.

I was in my early 20s, new to my job and the city of Boston. I had friends around, some in grad school, some who worked with me, others who floated in and out.

It was Christmastime and I was lukewarm about going home. I wanted to see my family, but the extravaganzas I loved from childhood had long since passed, and holidays had become anticlimactic. I had no money to travel, although my parents would have paid for airfare. But, the perfect excuse: I hadn't been at my job long enough to earn vacation time.

So, on Christmas Day, a woman from India and I walked over to the loft apartment of a photographer friend and his Japanese wife, to cook a meal and celebrate the day. It felt peculiar to be away from my relatives, but cleansing in a way, too. …

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