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Traveling for Christmas, why we do it.
The past week we have seen a lot of family while we have traveled around, not everyone, but a lot of our family. In reflecting on the past week, I am so grateful to have grown up and married into a wonderful family. Traveling is not easy, it is not restful, lots of packing, lots of laundry and trying to keep two kids on a schedule is a major task, but it is worth it. The past week we have had time with our loved ones over meals, opening presents and helping with our kids, the memories are worth the tiredness I feel, especially while writing this post.
I grew up traveling for the holidays with my family, this was normal to me, I loved being around my family and didn’t think it was abnormal at all. Once I got married, the questions started, “when are you going to wake up in your own house on Christmas morning”? I then felt odd, why did we travel, why didn’t I get to wake up in my own bed, was I creating an odd tradition for my kids and taking them away from their home? I am a huge home-body, so this question resonated to my core. But the answer is Yes, we are creating traditions and Yes, we are taking our family from our home and will continue to do so as long as we are able to. We have been blessed with family members of multiple generations and want to share our memories with them for as long as possible. The shear joy of my kids waking up to see what Santa has left for them was not changed because we were in my grandparents home, but I do believe is better to be surrounded by our dear family to create and cherish these wonderful memories as a family.
Each family makes their own traditions, when my husband and I were first married, we both have large families and traditions we both didn’t want to miss, but the first Christmas, we spent more time on the road trying to get from one place to another, which was very stressful and dind’t make us feel connected to anyone and were not happy when it was all over. We decided from that point, we would rotate Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday’s with our families, Thanksgiving with my family, Christmas with my husbands family and then we flip the next year. My sister and her husband do the same so we have coordinated being with each other on the same holidays. This works for us and yes it still has it’s challenges, but we feel we are able to spend quality time with each family and don’t feel pulled between events. This is intentional for us to continue to create memories with our families, while surrounding our kids with the wonderful family we have.
Don’t think this is easy, the packing, laundry, late nights, car rides with cranky kids, it is exhausting, but even as I write this post it is all worth it for us. We have been on multiple trips to see family for a solid week, most of the time our two dogs were with us, so 6 of us on the road. To see how excited our kids were to see everyone and to have the memories of this Christmas with our family, it is priceless. I hope you had time to enjoy friends and family this holiday season, and have been able to create wonderful memories with them.
Happy New Years Eve, and Cheers to 2018, it has been a wonderful year.
Here are some of our highlights in visiting family – my cup runneth over as I look through all these pictures.