The big Christmas dilemma

FIRST DRAFT


 I want to go home for Christmas.
I want to make that five-hour drive down to my hometown in L.A. County.
I even want to put myself through the final, extra stretch of the 210 East through Pasadena — which should only be a straight-shot to my exit from there — that never fails to have bumper-to-bumper traffic, adding 30 to 40 minutes of extra driving time to my trip.
I was looking forward to it.
My family has a tradition of going over to my Nina’s house on Christmas Eve to celebrate the ho...

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