Skip Christmas?! Say What?!
I don’t literally mean skip Christmas. I do mean skip all the hype with gifts for Christmas. The media has planted in our minds that the more we buy for Christmas, the better. I admit I was guilty of this for a long time. I’d chase down the latest “it” toy going from store to store until I found it. I’d have countless presents under the tree for my kids with no set limit on anything.
I’ve come to realize that kids forget the things they get for Christmas. But, they never forget the memories of vacations.
Benefits of Skipping Christmas and Taking the Trip
- Your house isn’t as cluttered with stuff.
- You and your children are present with each other on vacation, instead of the rush of opening gifts, then the kids running off.
- You are creating a lifetime memory instead of one that only lasts a week or so if that.
- You are exposing your family to other cultures, people, ways of life, etc.
Ideas for Chrismas Travel
I’ve found the people tend to prefer either a beach vacation or mountain vacation at Christmas. Find what your family enjoys and do that. It doesn’t have to be the same each year. Change it up and have different experiences.
There is so much to do in the mountains during the winter. Take your family skiing or snowboarding. Go on a snowmobiling adventure, a dog sledding adventure, and just relax with the amazing views a winter vacation in the mountains provides.
Exposure your family to how those in warmer climates celebrate the winter holidays. The spirit is still there, but with the warmth and sand.
Christmas Around the World
This is something I really wish we had started when our children were younger. Choose a region each year to go to and get immersed in their traditions.
Take a Cruise
We love cruises and have done several around the holidays. Disney Cruise Line is a great option if you have younger children. We typically cruise on Carnival Cruise Line because they are very affordable for families.