I've compared aspects of my life to Lorelai Gilmore from the TV show Gilmore Girls before, and I'm about to again. Don't worry - I don't actually think I am Lorelai, or that my life in some way parallels hers, yet, with any long running show one is likely to find situations or sentiments that resonate with your own.
Christmastime is known for family time, and every year I am blessed enough to travel back to my parent's house and open gifts with a large number of nieces and nephews. I always end my vacation spoiled and content; this year was no exception. I am so surrounded by people who care about me at Christmas I could never feel alone.
And then I go home for New Years. Maybe it's because of the traditional midnight kiss, or the abrupt change of being with a large family to once again being far away from almost every blood relative, but New Years makes me acutely aware that I don't have a family of my own, or even a significant other on hand (most years) with whom to count down the hours. To quote Lorelai:
"There are very few times in my life when I find myself sitting around thinking 'I wish I was married'...but every now and then, just for a moment, I wish I had a partner. Someone to pick up the slack, someone to wait for the cable guy, make me [herbal tea] in the morning."
I feel you, sister. I am happy with my life - I've started my own business, I work several other wonderful jobs on the side, I live in a good place with good roommates, and have made good friends along the way, but sometimes, about this time of year, I feel that longing for more, to be headed into the new year and into new adventures with someone by my side.