We drove up the snowy, winding road towards the cozy A-frame cabin. The warmth of the car soon left as the family of four started to load out of the car. Their trip up here was already terrible, so they weren't too excited to share an unknown space with each other. The daughter sat on the couch and pulled out her phone. This was going to be such a fun vacation! She thought to herself.
“Bruh, come help me; I am not carrying your stuff,” Daniel said, becoming annoyed as he lugged his stuff into the cabin. Linda got up and sighed. She went to help her parents. They weren't a picture-perfect family, but they tried to be. They tried so hard to be They never got along, they all hated pictures, and they were what a family really was. Their dad, Shawn, was making sure everyone's luggage was out of the car and into the cabin quickly because a big storm was coming very soon and he wanted his family safe and sound in this comfy little cabin that he had rented out for the week.
He smiled and shut the door. Everyone was comfortable, safe, and warm.
“Can we turn on the heat? I'm freezing over here.” His wife, Ava, said she was shaking. Well, it's not warm, but that’s an easy fix. Daniel turned on the TV, and they all started to watch it. It was some holiday movie that had no morals or purpose but kept the whole family entertained.
“Move over,” Linda said to her mom, and it broke out into a fight. There was enough room for them to all sit comfortably on the couch, but everyone wanted to lay out and put their feet up. which there wasn't enough room for. Shawn sighed as his son joined in on the quarrel as well. He wanted to sit by the fire, so he sat on the floor, but he decided to change his mind to make everyone's life harder. Primarily his father's life.
Just then there was a knock on the front door. In the middle of a snowstorm?
“It's a trap!” Ava yelled as her husband got up.
“Do you remember that Christmas movie that no one remembers the name of? The dad let the family in and they stayed for dinner and then murdered the family!” Ava said, going up to stop her husband from grabbing the door handle.
“Baby, that's not how that movie went,” Shawn said with a laugh. He opened the door, and there was a family of four. Just like there's. But they were different.
“Thank you for letting us in,” the husband said, then the family stepped in and Shawn shut the door.
“Yes, thank you so much.” The other husband said he was shaking Shawn's hand. It was a family with two dads, a son, and a daughter. The son looked to be about 18 years old, and the daughter was about 16 years old.
“My name is Justin, and my husband's name is Tyler. Our son is 18 and his name is Max. And our daughter is 16; her name is Kay,” Justin said with a smile, and Shawn waved.
“My name is Shawn, this is my wife Ava, and our son is 16-.”
“About to turn 17,” Daniel butted in.
“He will be 17 in a few months, his name is Daniel. And our daughter's name is Linda, and she is 19,” Shawn said they all introduced themselves.
There was a few awkward moments of silence. The two families analyzed each other. Shawn thought of an idea.
“We are homophobic, by the way. We love and support you no matter what, so we're sorry if we gave off that vibe at one point. Our son is even gay,” Shawn said, and Justin and Tyler laughed. Daniel cringed as he put his head down.
“Dad, please don't out me to random strangers,” he said, not putting his head back up.
“Our son is also gay,” Justin said; he did most of the talking. And he was the same height as Daniel, who was 5”5. Their son was 6'2.
“We just got here, so you guys are welcome to stay as long as you want,” Ava said with a warm smile.
“We are just staying till we get our car out of this ditch in the road,” Justin said, and they made themselves comfortable on the floor next to the couch.
The two families watched as many holiday movies as they could think of. They all bonded and were having an overall good time. The holiday spirit was back. For once, our first “model” family wasn't arguing; they were having fun and enjoying each other's company. This random family that they had let inside showed them the real meaning of Christmas.
It wasn't about presents or who could eat the most Christmas cookies or buy the best gifts; it was all about watching terrible Christmas movies with random strangers who probably shouldn't have been let in your house. That's the meaning of Christmas.
"Oh, it looked like the storm died down!” Justin, he said with a smile as he looked out the window. Shawn didn't appear to have calmed down. It was worse, actually.
“Oh yeah!” His husband said and got up. What in the world was even going on? The whole family got up.
“Thank you so much for letting us stay. Have a happy holiday!” Justin said, and the family of four walked out of the front door into the blizzard. Daniel watched as they walked and just disappeared.
“It was like the movie!” Ava shrieked in horror, and her husband sighed. She jumped onto him as their kids laughed.
Sure, their holiday vacation started out on a giant lie, but they were closer than ever. As a family, they were bonding and not fighting. They were actually enjoying each other's company instead of hating each other company. That was the true meaning of Christmas.