I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Let’s face it, if you are in the market for a new home, but don’t have one under contract now, you probably won’t be in a new home for Christmas this year. But what is a home, really? And, why is the holiday season different than any other time of year? So many people have a hard time during the holidays. They are alone or all their friends/family are far away. I’ve been there.
The first year I moved to Nashville from Phoenix I was alone on Thanksgiving. It was the first time in my life I was not with my family at a holiday. I had plans to go to dinner with the guy I was seeing at the time so it wasn’t that bad. We hadn’t set a time so I got ready and waited for him to call. All my family was at my parent’s house having a great time. I called them and talked to everyone. It was tough not being there but I was happy to be starting a new chapter on my own. I got finished talking to them and was looking forward to the dinner bell ringing. I waited a little longer and then I called his house (this was before everyone had cell phones – yes, I lived through that time). One of his roommates answered and said he and their other roommate left a while ago to go have dinner. What??? I surely must have heard him wrong. I didn’t. I couldn’t call my family again. I was too heartbroken. I changed out of my Thanksgiving dinner outfit, put my hair up and scrounged around my apartment to find something to eat.
Who is around you? Who are the ones that you may even overlook? If you are one that is alone, reach out to a friend or a co-worker. I guarantee you, you will be welcomed into a holiday celebration. Don’t feel like you are intruding. Don’t worry what people will think. If you want to be alone, go for it, but if you really want to be able to say, “I’ll be home for Christmas,” be “home” wherever you are and whomever you’re with.
Happy Holidays and Welcome Home!
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.