It's (Not) Christmas Timeee

Spending the holidays away from home was one of the biggest fears that I had whenever I moved away. I didn't get to be with my actual family, and because I had the flu this year I wasn't able to spend it with my adopted Florida family or my Innoventions family.  It was one of the hardest things for me to be away from home, and having to spend it in my bed. However I have the greatest roommates who made everything special, despite my being deathly ill. 

I put up our Christmas tree (a tiny 3 foot tree) in the living room the day after Thanksgiving, much to my roommate Sarah's dismay. She really wanted me to wait until the 1st of December but I just couldn't wait. I was so excited and ready to play Christmas music and make cookies and just be Christmassy in our apartment. Disney rolled out Christmas throughout the parks on November 1st, which is fine and dandy with me, however our roommates put a strict 'no Christmas until after Thanksgiving' rule in our apartment. 

Since we had the Christmas tree up, I decided to start putting Christmas presents under the tree. Slowly but surely everyone else began to do the same. By the time Christmas Eve hit, we had presents from everyone in our apartment, plus some from our families, plus some for/from friends. It was massive and it was crazy to see how much we all did for each other. It was one of the most heartwarming things I had seen. I wasn't expecting this Christmas to bee as magical as it usually is at home, but it was and so much more. 

We all woke up really early on Christmas morning, and everyone was there except for Sarah who was spending Christmas with her family at Disney. We sat on the couch with breakfast, coffee, and tea, and talked to each other while opening presents from each other. We watched the parade on television and just laughed and were very grateful for each other and everything that we had been through in the past five months. We spent about two or three hours just hanging out before everyone had to start getting ready for their days. Most of my roommates had work, and I needed to get back to sleep. I was exhausted from spending so much time together, thanks flu, and sleep was definitely the first priority that I had. 

I had a great first Christmas away from home. Hopefully I'll be able to make it home for Christmas in the coming years, but if not I know that where I am, and whoever I'm with, it will be special. 
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