Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and this year coincides with the beginning of Hanukkah. With two major holidays in the same time frame, how are you planning holiday travel? We gathered together on our weekly twitter chat and discussed holiday travel planning, road trip music, traveling with gifts and how to have a harmonious day when divorce is involved. Read on to hear some of the tips, tricks and wisdom shared by our chat participants. Click on question titles to see what our Facebook fans had to add in.
@LovenFlipFlops Celebrating to amazing holidays and learning about each culture 🙂
@busymommylist It’s affecting some plans w some friends but we are just revising our schedules.
@Ledgersmommy Well we will be traveling with a newborn and 3 yr old for Thanksgiving.
@PaminCamarillo Not too bad for me. We are staying put this year. Christmas is another story.
@AnujadeSilva We are thinking if we should take advantage of any travel deals and make it a week long trip– easier time to take off from work too.
HOW EARLY DO YOU PLAN HOLIDAY TRAVEL? WHAT’S INVOLVED?
@mimitravelz Varies but usually plan holiday travel (ski trips) 1 – 2 months in advance.
@raisealithuman Booking well in advance so reward travel can be redeemed (at the lower reward mileage).
@ramblingstump Ours usually involves an unaccompanied minor so we look about 6 wks out. Sometimes last minute is cheaper.
@ChicGiselle A least a month in advance to plan out where we are staying and what we are doing.
@Stacey5656 Usually a couple months ahead, takes lots of organizing with family/work schedules.
@LovenFlipFlops I love Chrismas songs!
@iDreamofJenn Christmas songs; if they can put up Christmas decor in mid-October, I think I can play holiday songs too.
@lovethatmouse LOVING Pandora right now. I bet there are a bunch of holiday stations that would be great!
@DebMomof3 I’d be happy w/ just about anything that’s not KidzBop or football… Probably will be one or the other though. Sigh.
@raisealithuman We’re hosting Thanksgivvukah so we’ll be singing S’vivon Sov Sov Sov, as well as Thanskgiving songs while cooking dinner!
@dipaolamomma I’m all about GiftCards and cash. Travels well, and isn’t often returned.
@CauriePutnam I bring Wegman brand items to fam/friends in Saratoga. No Wegs near them and they covet anything from the store.
@S_thirtymommy I like to buy flowers or wine on arrival too.
@kimorlando JEWELRY travels really well. Just saying.
HOW DO YOU BLEND FAMILIES & MANAGE TRAVEL IF PARENTS/GRANDPARENTS ARE DIVORCED?
@dovgame Our problem is not divorce, but too many sibs in area that their in-laws host & invite. Answer: second dessert course.
@a_m_rs Have combined dinners for both families and no one divorced so bonus.
@PaminCamarillo Married kids should alternate holidays between their families to make it fair.
@kimorlando There are 20 million blended families in US who could create HOLIDAY TIME – flexible days to celebrate so all are included.
@Fight_Owl We split time between them the best we can. FIL and fam are getting T-giving and MIL is getting Pesach next spring.
@nuttynetty27 Oh simple take turns each year. One year mom next dads,or invite all to my home. I’m lucky enough they all get along even stepparents.
@dipaolamomma I have the BEST ex ever, he is still a big part of our holidays. If he’s far away, we have FaceTime during presents.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO CHANGE HOLIDAY TRAVEL TRADITIONS? WHICH ONE DID YOU CHANGE?
@lovethatmouse We’ve also had some holidays with close friends included rather than family only. Changes up the dynamic in a good way.
@LoriLeal1 Talk to everyone and be open minded. Sometimes change can be good!
@AnujadeSilva We changed the expectations by explaining our need to travel during holidays also included in laws by sharing our passion w/ them.
@katiesheaddesign Simplify the Holidays with a good plan to alleviate stress.
@ChicGiselle Incorporate new traditions w/ old ones, like traveling to a destination w/ the family.
@CarolYemola I used to always host Thanksgiving. Now my daughter does it. Would rather travel to her house instead of cook.
@kimorlando We didn’t change- just started our own traditions – go to NYC for a night of bad hot dogs, cheap gifts, windows, tree, lights.
*Note: Comments are sometimes edited for spelling (the vs teh due to fast Twitter fingers!) and for abbreviation that our non-Twitter bretheren may not understand (DH vs dear husband). They are not edited for content as we feel it is valuable for everyone’s original thoughts to be heard.