I bought a Star Wars advent calendar for the 2022 Christmas holiday season. The joy of opening up a new door every day filled me with child-like wonder and joy.

I make the long drive from Phoenix to Salt Lake City to spend Christmas Eve and Day with family. I stay with my brother that is closest in age to me, but it feels strange now that his oldest has moved out. She is the niece and family member that I am closest to.

Their house is full of christmas spirit and memories of those in our family that have passed on.

I see my parents new home again for the second time as we all get together here. It feels like a rental to me, but like most things, I’m having a hard time relating to my family being so far away.

Before I know it, the few days have come and gone, and it’s time for me to hit the road again for another adventure.

Wench, bring my ale, what say you?

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