Note: This is a repost of a blog from November of 2017 that I think a lot of my RVing readers will still find interesting.
This time of year I always seem to get a lot of emails and see a lot of comments on social media from new fulltime RVers and RV snowbirds wondering how to handle the holidays. For a lot of newbies, and even for some experienced road warriors, Thanksgiving and Christmas provide a certain amount of angst.
After all, those are supposed to be the important family holidays. An email I got yesterday from a new fulltimer said she and her husband don’t think it will feel much like Thanksgiving sitting alone at the table in their motorhome with a couple of frozen turkey TV dinners. So what do you do when you’re living in an RV far away from your family at the holidays?
We have met some people who travel back to where their family is for the holidays, sometimes in their RVs, and sometimes leaving the RV behind and driving in a car or flying. That’s never been our preference, but it might work for you.
But if you don’t do that, it doesn’t mean you’re going to be all alone. Just about every RV park we’ve ever been at over Thanksgiving and Christmas has a group dinner in their activity center. Often the park supplies turkey and ham, and everybody else brings plates to pass around. So you’re not alone, you’re with a wonderful extended family of like-minded people. Folks just like you who are living their dream.
Besides the food, there is usually entertainment of some kind. It might be a jam session, it might be a program put on by people in the park, or it might be entertainers brought in to perform. There’s usually a room with a big screen TV for watching football, and always lots of friendly conversation. For many RVers, volunteering to help out with these group dinners is their way of having a good time. And if you’re a newbie, it’s also a great way to make new friends.
Some people prefer to go out to a nice dinner someplace and leave all the cooking and cleaning duties to somebody else. We have done the RV park group dinners, and we have also gone out to dinner at restaurants on the holidays. Sometimes just the two of us, sometimes with another couple or two. There is something to be said for having a great meal, leaving a nice tip, and going home to take a nap.
Of course, Terry and I are always the oddballs, and for many years our favorite Christmas dinner was at a Chinese restaurant. Who needs turkey when you’ve got fried rice and General Tso’s Chicken?
No, Thanksgiving and Christmas in an RV are not the same as being at home surrounded by your family. But that doesn’t mean they have to be gloomy events. Make the most of it. Have a good time. Meet some new friends. And if you do decide to follow my lead and go to a Chinese restaurant, you just may see us there!
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Thought For The Day – There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.