There was some good discussion on Lylah's post the other day about DHS (Delayed Holiday Spirit). Mine seems to be slow to arrive this year, and I've decided not to get too bothered about it. After all, the traditional "Twelve Days of Christmas" start on Christmas Day - that's not when they end - so by that reckoning I still have time.
But I'm starting to wonder whether a new element in our Christmas might be distracting me more than I realize.
My son's arriving on Sunday night for Christmas week. We're picking him up at the airport, and that's when we'll be meeting his girlfriend of over a year for the first time. (I spoke to her on the phone for the first time ever on Thanksgiving Day, for about two minutes.) The baggage-claim area at LAX isn't a particularly auspicious place to make introductions, and as it gets closer, I realize how relatively little I know about her.
I think my son and I would both say we have a good relationship, but there are things he doesn't get around to telling me, and things I don't ask. (His dad does the third-degree bit far better than I do.) I know how they met, I know they like a lot of the same things - particularly sports and swing dancing, which is how they met. I know where her family is from, and that my son has met them several times now. I know how old she is.
I tend to prefer meeting people after I've had a chance to do my homework about them, but I'm feeling caught short this time. I guess we'll just have to get to know each other over next week's activities. I'm interested to see how she and my son interact with each other.
I hope we won't scare her off! Should I be nervous?