From fellow Lulu and blog contributor Paul@Lulu.
You may also recognize him from our Learn with Charlie series.
My wife and I live about 15 hours from our families. To get there requires a substantial drive or a couple of short flights, but the distance still poses a challenge when the holidays roll around. Add to this that both of our families reside in the northeastern area of the US (cold, snowy, generally unpleasant in December) and you can see why we’re not so keen on traveling home for Christmas. Over the last few years, we’ve learned how to cope with Christmas away from the family, and in the process, created a few new traditions.
One upside of a simple Christmas is that we don’t have to go anywhere. All day. This means there is no need to change out of our sweat pants or do anything really. There’s no hurry to get out of bed. It’s our easiest, laziest day. Just us, our dogs, a nice warm fire, and no responsibilities. A Christmas gift we both appreciate.
To stay in the spirit, we’ve been learning how to make eggnog (to moderate success) and we warm up some spiced cider (if this years ‘nog isn’t up to expectation) and watch Christmas movies. Last year we did the classics (Miracle on 34th, Rudolph, Frosty). The year before we went a little darker, with Nightmare Before Christmas and Gremlins. We’re thinking comedy for this year (maybe Jingle all the Way, Santa Clause, and Elf).
Now, it wouldn’t be a holiday if we just relaxed all day. Thanks to the wonders of technology, we can Skype with our families for a little holiday togetherness. One problem with Skype though; if you don’t have something to do, you end up just watching a screen while others enjoy the holiday.
We worked that one out too though. What could be more fun than a good holiday reading? Our families dial us up on Skype, and my wife and I do a reading from a holiday themed book. Last year was an entry from David Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries.” This year is still up in the air, though we may go back to Santaland because it was such a hit last year.
As far as traditions go, we haven’t done anything new or remarkable. We just try to make the most with what we have, and give ourselves the gift of a stress free Christmas. Wishing you the same!