Since moving 7 hours away from our family, I struggle a lot with what to do around the holidays. This year is worse because we just had our son 2 days before Thanksgiving. Obviously traveling was out of the question this holiday season (just read this post). Add post pregnancy emotions and no sleep to the mix and I’m not sure I’m going to be able to handle it…our first Christmas without seeing ALL of our families. It is SUCH a bummer and I really hate it.
But then I got to thinking, what am I REALLY going to miss? Of course family time which is more precious to me than I can describe…but is there anything else that I’m going to miss? The 7 hour drive home with an almost 3 year old and infant? NO WAY. Packing up all our gifts and having no room in the car? NOPE. Lugging two kids all over the state of Illinois to see everyone? Not so much. And we won’t even get into traffic, dealing with our dogs and the general crabbiness that the holidays bring.
So what are we doing this year? We are starting our own traditions. Santa is coming to our house for the first time. He’ll be squeezing down our very own chimney and stuffing our very own stockings. We’ll have a non rushed Christmas breakfast and gift opening event that could last ALLLLLL day if we wanted to. We will stay in our pajamas until early afternoon. We’ll eat Christmas lunch/dinner at our own dining room table and work hard all day assembling the massive amounts of toys and playsets that were under the tree. We’ll find time to play in the snow (let’s keep our fingers crossed for snow). Heck, we might even drive to Walmart just to sit in the parking lot and watch all the people try to go in even though they are closed…just because we can. I’m kind of looking forward to a stress free Christmas.
What do you do with your kids to make Christmas special at your own home? Comment below, tell us on Facebook, Twitter or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to get some other ideas and traditions started for our little family!