Between now now Christmas, I’m sharing a series of guest posts from bloggers. They are letting us in on their festive traditions..Today’s guest post was written by Jo from Tea and Cake for the soul. Jo’s talking about how she and her husband enjoy going on holiday at Christmas. Without further ado, let’s jump right in and find out all about Jo’s Christmas Traditions….
Jo’s Christmas Traditions…
Well, I have to say I really don’t like Christmas anymore! Well I didn’t, until we created a new tradition a couple of years ago.
I used to love Christmas when I was a child obviously, what’s not to love? Presents, parties, family time and no school!
I loved it when my children were small. It’s special then, isn’t it? Lots of magical things happen, there’s so much excitement, writing letters to Santa, visiting a store Santa or going on a Christmas Thomas the Tank Engine train, the school nativity plays, making Christmas cards and crafts for the relatives, and watching Christmas movies together. It’s full on party season for the month of December. Yes, even the shopping and wrapping is lovely when your kids are small. But it all changes when they grow up into young adults!
Grown Up Children…
When they grow up their friends and partners become the focus of their world. And work can get in the way of special family time too. I hate that we’ve become a 24/7 society that barely even stops for Christmastime, keeping families apart because someone has to work.
One of my sons is a chef and has worked every Christmas Day since he left college. No problem you might think, we could have our Christmas Day on a different day, but my other son worked shifts so finding a free day that both of them could attend for “Christmas” proved difficult. We’d often end up having it at the beginning of December or early January.
Going on holiday at Christmas…
So, a couple of years ago my husband and I decided that we’d start a new Christmas tradition for ourselves. We love California. We especially love escaping the British Winter weather, so heading off to warmer climates for the festive period was a huge success for us. We’ve done it twice now.
We have our family Christmas Day on whatever date can be scheduled in with our kids’ work commitments, then we leave for the States and totally switch off from all the commercialism. We stay in an apartment, take a morning walk on the beach and go to a Chinese buffet restaurant for dinner. This means that we don’t take anyone away from their families who would be celebrating together.
California is our Christmas gift to each other. We can escape the shops but most of all we can appreciate the gift of Mother Nature. Exploring the beaches, mountains and deserts sure beats Tescos on the run up to Christmas! And do our kids mind? Not at all they love playing house and enjoy having their friends and partners over. Works for everyone.
A Word From MotherGeek…
I love that you guys enjoy going on holiday at Christmas. The closest we’ve ever got was a 4 night break at Centre Parcs a month before the big day. We booked to have a week in a farmhouse last Christmas, but had to cancel that as we got a dog, and they didn’t allow pets. Sigh! Hope you have an amazing time this year!
Thank you for sharing your going on holiday at Christmas tradition with my readers, Jo!
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