Travel during the holiday season can be very rewarding and potentially stressful. From making sure you get everyone packed (and unpacked) to making sure you get all of your decorations up, it can be a whirlwind month or two! Last Monday, TravelingMom hosted a #HyattHouse Twitter party and we chatted about how to make the most of your holiday- no matter how or where you celebrate. Here’s to traditions!
We’ve compiled a selection of party tweets from some of the Traveling Mom writers to explore in more detail the unique ways TMOMs get into the holiday spirit and handle travel during the holiday season. Let’s take a look at some of the conversation that happened during our holiday travel #HyattHouse chat!
Question 1: Have you ever spent a winter holiday away from home? Where did you go?
We settled in Seattle away from both of our families, so have on occasion traveled to visit my in-laws in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. While it can be tough being away from our own home during the holidays, being surrounded by family is certainly a worthwhile benefit. My girls especially love having a white Christmas in the chilly Canadian North, a far cry from our mild Seattle winters.
Question 2: How do your kids help you decorate? Favorite decos?
My kids also helped me decorate our Christmas tree – this year we went 50’s white. Decorating our house for the holidays is one of our favorite family traditions – we go all out but still stick with our own personal styles. This year we found an all white Christmas tree – perfect for our family’s retro 50’s vibe. I put the tree together and the kids put on all of the decorations while we listened to holiday music on our turntable.
Question 3: What are your family holiday traditions?
Karyn Locke – Road Trip TravelingMom
Holiday traditions mean so much to my family. From decorating our Christmas tree with ornaments that were my grandmother’s. mother’s and also ones we’ve collected over the years, to spending an entire Sunday making dozens of cookies to give out as presents, to hosting Christmas dinner, our entire holiday season revolves around tradition. We love heading to our “big city”, Pittsburgh, to check out the decorations and lights and to visit some of my teen daughter’s favorite spots: Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History (they decorate giant Christmas trees in the Hall of Architecture), Phipps Conservatory for its Winter Flower Show and Light Garden, and a visit to the city wouldn’t be complete without taking a trip up the Duquesne Incline to Mount Washington so spy the city all decked out in holiday decorations.
Question 4: What are your best #holiday travel hacks? Packing hacks?
Question 5: What #holiday food is worth traveling for? Why is it special?
Allison Taylor – Research TravelingMom
We recently celebrated Thanksgiving with my husbands family and his cousin brought some adult apple cider! While it isn’t a food it was a fun thing for the adults to partake in while the kids were playing games. Something simple like a good food or beverage sticks in the memory of all that were in attendance and it quickly becomes something to look forward to for the next year!