The "she" in the case of this Christmas refers to me.
- We will be without 5 of the original kids. (And their families.)
- We will not be in a home I have lived in. (We won't even be in a home.)
- We (both my parents + younger brother and I) will be traveling for hours to get home.
But I do not care. I am all in happy anxiety to return to my family for Christmas. So I can bear to "remain [here] till Christmas." Or Christmas Eve. For on that morn I am off for an entire week with my family in the place that saw 8 (combined) years of my life. As that's almost 1/3 of my life-span, I would consider it significant.