For the first time in twenty-six years me and Sean spent our first Christmas away from home and our families in Illinois. The decision came down to my parents recently visiting over Thanksgiving and the cost of flying during the holiday season. Christmas has always been a big deal in my family ever since I was young enough to remember. America has Thanksgiving and the Moores have Christmas.
Living in the States for the past thirteen years we've grown accustomed to being away from most of our family and celebrating with just each other, the six of us. Our small circle made Christmas feel extra special. Over the past years things have changed. We've grown up, gained boyfriends, husbands and kids, so our family is bigger but Christmas was the still the day we made the attempt to come together.
I was excited to celebrate just with Sean for the first time in our relationship of almost nine years, but I was also worried it wouldn't be the same as celebrating with my family back home in Illinois. We wanted to do something different, being our first Christmas in Seattle and made a commitment to wake up early for a hike. It was one of the most beautiful hikes we've done so far and the perfect way to start our Christmas together.
The entire trail was lightly coated with fresh snow, including the surrounding trees. It was truly a magical scene and we were in awe is we continued with our hike upwards. We finally invested in proper hiking boots from Danner's which helped keep our toes nice and dry. Worth buying if you're into hiking here in Washington state.
The hike was at Rattlesnake Ledge, which was also one of our first hikes in Seattle. The trail was 2 miles up and a little slippery at times because of the packed down snow. Once we reached the top we knew waking up early was worth every minute. We weren't with our family but we felt at peace being just us and the beautiful views of the snow-topped mountains. It was breath-taking and something we've never seen before.
Our first Christmas in Seattle was everything. I shared a special day with Sean and enjoyed every minute of it. We cooked our first Christmas dinner together, which turned out pretty tasty (a proud moment on my end since I've never done one before). Christmas away from home is definitely not the same as being with your family, but it's not as bad as you may think.
Sharing our first Christmas in Seattle alone has already allowed us to start creating our own traditions. We may not always be able to make it home for the holidays so this year we were able to create something special for ourselves. I loved spending the day hiking, cooking, unwrapping gifts with Sean and I will remember it as being a wonderful first Christmas in Seattle.