‘Tis the season of gift giving, beautiful decorations and festive carols sung in cozy homes around glowing fires. It is also the season of congested airports, bad weather and icy roads. This will be our third Christmas in a row that we don’t travel anywhere for the holidays. And you know what? I’m okay with that. I’m more than okay- I prefer it that way. We decided after the last time we spent Christmas away from home that we didn’t want to travel during the holidays anymore. It wasn’t the trip that made us feel that way- we had a wonderful time celebrating Ladybug’s first Christmas at my parent’s house- but more the hassle of getting there.
We don’t live near family so by not traveling for the holidays, we sacrifice spending Christmas with our loved ones. But the four of us are together and that is what really matters. With every Christmas season that passes, I find more reasons why staying home for the holidays is the best thing for our family.
There is so much to carry when we travel during the holidays
Young kids require a lot of gear. We joke that it feels like we’re traveling with the entire house. But all joking aside, sometimes it feels that way. Between car seats, strollers, blankets and extra clothes, it adds up to a lot of luggage. During the holiday season, the gifts and everything else we need for Christmas add even more to the amount of stuff we have to carry. Tack on a child (or two) who is too young to carry their own bag, traveling that was difficult before seems darn near impossible.
Airports are more crowded during the holidays
The holiday season is one of the busiest times to fly. It’s no surprise- everyone is rushing to spend the holidays with their loved ones. When we travel with young children, the congestion of the airport just adds to the stress of travel. Speaking of stress, the holiday season usually brings a lot of it to many people (myself included). Sometimes, it is just better to stay home for the holidays. Which leads me to my next reason we don’t travel for the holidays…
We enjoy being home for the holidays
We love being in our home for Christmas. Our favorite tradition is going to the Christmas tree farm and picking out a real tree and putting up the decorations around our house. I wouldn’t have as much of a desire to decorate if I knew we wouldn’t be home for Christmas. Although we don’t have family nearby, the friends we’ve made here in Illinois are like family to us. Spending the Christmas season serving them and being served by them is just as special as being with our actual families.
We love small, cozy Christmases
I first fell in love with small, cozy Christmases four years ago while pregnant with Ladybug. My morning sickness (actually 24 hour sickness is a more accurate term) was so severe that I couldn’t keep anything down and was admitted to the hospital just a few weeks before Christmas. I was diagnosed with Hyperemesis gravidarum. Traveling was out of the question so we canceled our plans to spend Christmas with D’s family in Colorado. Instead we spent Christmas feasting on canned soup and bread in our tiny apartment because that was the only thing that sounded good to me. Though it wasn’t a glamorous Christmas by any means, there was something romantic about spending our last Christmas as a family of two with just us.
Although we traveled the next Christmas, we knew that someday we would prefer to stay home. We love our families very much and would jump at the chance to go visit (or have them visit us, hint hint) any other time of the year. But at Christmas, we like celebrating at home.
What about you? Do you like going away for Christmas or staying at home?
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