Family Christmas: how do you feel about it?
I know it’s too early to bring this up, but that chill is in the air and we all know it’s coming. While many people cherish their family Christmas as a peaceful time to catch up with parents and relatives, at my house as my children always spend Christmas with their father and his family. We never got into your turn, my turn thing. Instead we asked where they wanted to spend Christmas. Their choice is with me and my small family, or with their father and his huge family complete with cousins their own age. Not much competition really.
It’s controversial, but this year I’m dreaming of a sunny Christmas.
Probably due to fact of our wet summer this year. It would be a Christmas of firsts if I threw into the children choosing that my Christmas would be spent in the sun and a first Christmas in a long time I would spend with them. But what if I booked a family cruise holiday in the Caribbean to spend the depths of winter in the tropical, relaxing sun.
I’m not sure my ex-husband would be ecstatic about the idea but then he has had he last 10 Christmases with the children and I’m sure the kids would be beside themselves with glee. They’ve never been on a cruise, and never been on holiday with me for that matter, so escaping the cold winter for an exotic cruise holiday will be the best holiday they can even imagine! There were some questions about how Santa might fit down the chimney of a cruise ship, but I could assure them that he would be able to get in (although his luggage allowance might not be as large as usual).
And imagine the Christmas presents – ordering spa treatments, extra offshore excursions, and so on is much more exciting and different than the typical DVD box set or new sweater.
Would you ever celebrate Christmas on holiday, rather than home alone or with a small family?