I got together with my family on Thanksgiving afternoon—went to Ruth’s Chris Steak House over at The Banks in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ever been there? The food was quite good. I had the traditional turkey dinner and I think my kids had steak.
Here’s a link to the restaurant in case you ever want to check it out.
Our waiter was very good. In fact the entire staff was very friendly. As we were heading out the door, one of the “greeters” (I don’t know what else to call her) snapped this picture of us.
From left to right: My son, me, my daughter, her husband, my ex-wife and her dad.
I don’t know if you find it odd that my Thanksgiving dinner party would include my ex-wife and her father. This isn’t the first time we’ve done this. Once family, always family. That’s basically our approach and we’ve always remained close.
I’m not sure what everybody else did after Thanksgiving dinner. As for me, I went home and took a nap.
I like doing the holidays my way and that’s low key. I didn’t feel like going shopping after eating or putting up a Christmas tree or any of that holiday stuff. I felt like taking that nap.
With the kids all grown, I no longer feel the need to get all caught up in the Christmas madness either. I may put up a tree or I may not—probably not. I mean, they got one in the lobby of my building and that’s probably enough.
Last year, for the first time in years, I sent out a few Christmas cards. I’m not promising anyone that I’ll do it again this year. If I do, I’ve still got some in the box from last Christmas. You may get a repeat card or done at all.
I’ll give my kids a gift. Please notice I said gift. I’ll put some thought into it and that will be enough. Whey ‘they’ say “it’s the thought that counts,” I believe that.
The kids will probably get me something also, but they certainly don’t have to. The gift of their company is enough for me.
If I feel like giving myself a gift on Christmas Day, probably in the afternoon—just like on Thanksgiving—I’ll treat myself to a nap. Naps are always good during the holidays.
Having grown kids and with getting older, there is less pressure to get engaged with holiday activities—at least for me, and, as you know, it’s all about me.
Well, not really and not always, but sometimes it is—especially during the holiday season.
(Photo was taken by an unknown Ruth’s Chris Steak house staffer. We thanked her)