Traditions Change But Love for Family Stays the Same
This year is going to include a little bit of a change. Since my wife, Amy, and I have been married, we’ve gone to Kearney for Christmas. It’s where we’re both from, and we’ve been fortunate that our parents were in town. For the last 20 years after my dad passed away, my in-laws have invited my mother over to their home so we didn’t have to split up the holiday between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We would always go to church and have a wonderful dinner with the entire family on Christmas Eve. Afterward, we would stay at Amy’s sister’s house so our girls could stay with their cousins. Then early in the morning, they would open “Santa’s” presents before anyone else arrived. It’s been a wonderful tradition. This year, however, marks a new era because my mom recently moved down to Omaha to an independent living community so she could be closer to me. It’s the first year she won’t be enjoying Christmas at my in- laws, which is a big change of pace after 20 years. Another change happening this Christmas is that my youngest daughter, Morgan (“Mo,” as she’s affectionately called), is now an RN. She’s following in my wife’s footsteps and is even working at the same hospital, Nebraska Medicine! However, my wife has been there since ‘92, and my daughter has just started, so they have drastically different schedules. Mo will be working nights on Dec. 23, 24, and 25. So, this year, we will have to get creative and stay in Omaha to celebrate with our immediate family or split the weekend between Omaha and Kearney. Luckily, since my kids were born, every Christmas has been low stress. But this year, it’s going to take a little thinking to make our holiday season work. It might be a little more stressful, but it will work out in the end. “It may look a little different, feel a little different, and be a little more complicated this year, but it’s not the tradition itself that matters. What matters is who you participate in that tradition with.”
Ironically, Amy’s sister and her family moved away from Kearney in 2019 as well. It may look a little different, feel a little different, and be a little more complicated this year, but it’s not the tradition itself that matters. What matters is who you participate in that tradition with. Regardless of our new traditions, we will be spending the holiday with family and that’s what’s most important. In planning your estate plan, just like planning the holiday season, we will look at your options and take it one step at a time. There may be tough decisions involved, but in the end, you will have much more peace of mind knowing your family is taken care of.
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