I love Christmas music, but when it comes to Christmas itself, I’m a bah humbug kind of guy. More and more it seems the real reason for the holiday is forgotten by most people, buried in an avalanche of greed, consumerism, and a mad quest to buy the biggest and best gifts, and then spending the next year paying off credit cards just in time to start the process all over again. No thank you.
The first Christmas on the road can be difficult for some new fulltimers and snowbirds. They miss the kids and grandkids and feel guilty that they aren’t there to share the holiday. So what do they do?
Some leave their RV and fly home to be with the family, and we’ve known a few who help pay the cost for their kids and their families to come south to have a holiday reunion somewhere warm. Others are content with phone calls and Skype to share the day with those far away.
Just because you have left the snow and cold behind and now live in a house on wheels now doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Christmas. Most RV parks have a potluck dinner at Christmas, or often a group of people will get together and go someplace for dinner. For Terry and I, it’s become a tradition to go to a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day. When we are at the Orlando Thousand Trails in Florida, a bunch of us usually get together and go to a good Chinese buffet in Kissimmee.
And living in an RV doesn’t mean you can’t have fun decorating for Christmas. Usually just on a smaller scale. Here are some pictures Terry took at Orlando a couple of years ago.
And who says you have to have snow in the yard to decorate? Don’t try to tell these folks that!
How do you celebrate Christmas as an RVer?
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Thought For The Day – There should be a calorie refund for things that didn’t taste as good as you expected.