11/27/2012 09:25 am ET Updated Nov 27, 2012

Is It Still A Holiday If The Kids Have Moved On?

It’s beginning to look less and less like Christmas, and not just because of climate change. The oldest and her new husband recently announced they were spending the holiday with his family in England. Then the middle child reported she’d be hunkering down at college to work on her thesis. Then the youngest said she was spending her part-time job money on a ticket to visit our summer exchange student--in Spain.

We reacted with a level of grace befitting the season:

“Wait, what?! You’re leaving us home alone?”

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