The Christmas Holiday
Christmas is a holiday which is steeped in tradition for many. We partake in the same customs, activities and meal plans year after year. However, as society evolves and younger generations look for their own way of doing things, the holidays are changing with them. Whether you are a young couple looking for a new way to celebrate or are simply striving for a more easy-going holiday with less stringent routines, here are a few ideas from the Thirsty Tourist for you to consider.
Home For The Holidays
Many people today live away from the places they grew up in. If this is the case for you, this time of year comes with some added responsibilities. Your family back home misses you and wants to spend time with you during the holidays, but how can you celebrate with them but also experience your own Christmas in your current home? One compromise we have made over the years is to book travel some time before or after the actual day. Sure it would be meaningful to be returning home on Christmas day, but when it comes down to it, an occasion is special no matter what day it falls on. It may be the middle of December or the week after New Years, but your family members will be just as excited to see you. After your visit, you can return home Christmas Eve and Day with your significant other. Of course you must consider the stress of traveling during the holidays, which can seem extra hectic, but take it from us – when you travel often, you get used to it, and airports can become a familiar and non-stressful place. Also, doing this means you get to celebrate twice. Two Christmases!
Depending on where you now live, your Christmas traditions can change to suit the environment. When we lived on the East Coast in Newfoundland, we experienced the pleasure of a White Christmas. We lived in a remote area surrounded by forest, so we would go out and cut down a natural tree to decorate at home.
Now that we live on the West Coast in the Vancouver area, a White Christmas is rare. This is okay though, because we have more of an opportunity for other benefits. Instead of always sitting at home during the designated holidays, we have started a backyard adventure tradition. We look for places in the area which are available to visit on the days when most people are at home and stores closed up. Last year, we went to Stanley Park in North Vancouver to get a taste of the natural beauty of our province. This year, we are planning a drive up to Whistler, popular for its skiing resort and many other worthwhile attractions along the way. Typically, there will be less traffic on the roads and no waiting times – a perfect chance to enjoy some of the sights and (peaceful) sounds of nature.
No matter where you live, there are some fun and easy activities you can do together. Cook a meal or do some baking together. It doesn’t have to be the traditional turkey – get creative. Decorating the tree is an easy way to spend some extra time with your loved ones. You and your partner can go one step further with this – go out for a quick shopping trip during the weeks leading up to the holiday and pick out one inexpensive ornament each to add to your collection. Over the years, this collection will grow, signifying your life together.