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Christmas! Since Wes and I split up, Jack has spent most of his Christmases with me and my family in Vancouver. On our separation agreement we agreed to alternate Christmases, but Wes has been generous enough to let Jack spend them with my extended family in Vancouver. Wes’ family lives in Niagara Falls so they get to see Jack all the time. However, Sarah (Wes’s partner) has her family in Victoria so this year we are all going to go to B.C. together and spend parts of our Christmas with our respective families. Sound confusing?

It should, because I’m not even sure how we’re going to work it. I think the ideal is for us to create our own Christmas yet at the same time incorporate all of our respective families. That is a challenge with just two people and their families, so imagine the logistics of three families. Not to mention that, while I have a close friendship with Wes and Sarah, my family (i.e. my mom, dad and brothers) have their own opinion of Wes and what went down between us. It should be interesting.

I’m hoping the element of Jack and Audrey and my brother Gilbran’s new baby, Gus, will soften the blow of my parents (okay, let’s be frank) my mom (and maybe my brother Paris) dealing with Wes. I don’t even want to think about it. I’m sure it will be fine and even if it isn’t, it will be good material.

So the plan is this: we all fly to Vancouver (Wes, Sarah, Audrey, Jack and myself) together. They (Wes, Sarah, Audrey) spend a couple of days with my family and then I spend a couple of days after Christmas with Sarah’s family. Jack will spend time with both of us. It’s tricky because on my side we have a Christmas Eve Chinese dinner tradition with my immediate family, then Christmas Day dinner with some extended family, and a Boxing Day extravaganza with my mom’s huge extended family (she’s one of eight kids, and all the kids have kids, and some of those now also have kids).

Ideally, Jack will spend some of Christmas with me and my family and then spend some of it with Sarah’s family and since we booked the tickets flying out of Victoria, I’ll come at the tail end.  The problem is how to get Jack to Victoria without me. Or maybe I’ll take the ferry with him but come back and come out days later. Also, we need to find a place for them to stay in Vancouver. Oh God! How are we going to do this?

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Oh, and Happy Holidays!

Precious Chong is a writer and actor living in Toronto. She’s also a professional stilt walker and is the daughter of cult movie hero Tommy Chong.

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