I took a red eye out from LA through Minneapolis into Baltimore to meet up with The 1975 for a couple of a holiday shows. We ended the short run in NYC which is one of my favorite places during Christmas time. I had done none of my Christmas shopping and wasn't nearly prepared for the holiday. I took a super early flight out of JFK to Detroit. It was 30degrees when I landed in Detroit, coming from everyday being 70 in LA I was quickly reminded how cold Michigan winters are.
This was the first Christmas i've actually spent at home since my dad died. We had been going on cruises as kind of an alternative Christmas, something different, Something that wasn't so heavy. My mom decided that this year everyone would come in for Christmas in Michigan. My sister came with her husband and kids from upstate New York, my other sister still lives in Michigan and brought her fiancé. Our house was packed with kids running around, good smelling meals, and family. I didn't really ask for anything for Christmas this year, as a kid you want the coolest toys, as a teen you want the best gaming system or new clothes, as an adult it's less about getting presents and more about just being present.
What made Christmas so nice this year is my whole family was there, we were together and began to make memories. Was it hard that my dad wasn’t there? yeah, very hard. All the things that you remember about Christmas past come present. The way he would make cinnamon rolls christmas morning and always remember to give me the doughy one. The way he would take my nieces out so my mom could have some time to relax. The way he would make Christmas dinner. These things will never be forgotten but they will always be missed. I guess what I'm trying to say at the end of all of this is be happy and thankful for the people you get to spend time with now because you don’t know what tomorrow might bring.