Family time crucial at Christmas for Nesbitts - Christmas 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
Christmas at the Nesbitt house in Blyth has undergone some changes over the year, especially in recent years as Russ and Kerry’s children have struck out on their own.
Christmas changes a lot for Russ, a constable with the Ontario Provincial Police, and Kerry, who works at Huronview Home for the Aged, as work has them both in and out of their home at odd hours.
“It can be very hectic, and we often have to shuffle things to make it work,” Kerry said, with Russ adding that both their jobs require staffing seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Before their children left home to find their own fortunes, the family Christmas celebration could start as early as 4 a.m., depending on Russ’ work schedule for the day.
Kerry has also found herself working Christmas, though she says it’s actually something she enjoys.
“It makes the patients smile,” she said. “It’s a special day in itself just to be there and have Christmas with them.”
Working around two schedules like that can be difficult, but the two have always managed to figure it out.
“We did Christmas at home with the kids, regardless of how early or late we celebrated it,” Russ said.
Christmas morning, the family has traditionally spent together, which is a practice the two hope to keep, however with their jobs, their daughter having joined the workforce and their son away at school, the couple isn’t completely sure what this year’s celebration would look like.
“We’ll still do stocking stuffers, and I’m still going to put an orange in their stockings,” Kerry said. “Even though they end up back in the fridge.”
Christmas is a time for jokes, family and fun, Russ said, pointing to his children giving coal to their Grandpa every year for Christmas.
“It’s about family,” he said.
This year, Kerry is introducing a new gift-giving game at a family holiday, saying her family is big into gift-giving games. Each family member will bring two $25 gift cards and a game of concentration will help figure out who takes what home.
Some Christmas traditions are harder to keep than others, the two admitted, saying that the family tries to attend the Christmas Eve service at Londesborough United Church every year.
Later on Christmas Day, the family makes their way just south of the village when possible for Christmas with Russ’ parents, Carl and Lena.
“Sometimes it’s a dine and dash if their is work, but we take time to make it work when we can,” he said, with Kerry saying that once or twice a police cruiser has been parked outside the house during some family visiting time.
As far as celebrating with the rest of the family, Kerry says they try and spread out Christmas celebrations. Her family Christmases, for example, move depending on the availability of family members.