We are almost halfway through our fifteenth year of fulltime RVing which means that we have spent a lot of holidays on the road. Most of them really aren’t family events, except for the two coming up, Thanksgiving and Christmas. But for many RVers, they can be challenging.
Of course it’s easy if your family lives somewhere in the Sunbelt and you are wintering nearby. But what if they live in the frozen northland, or they are in Arizona while you are in Florida, as we are this winter? How do you handle that?
We know some snowbirds who wait until after the holidays to head south, and fulltimers who brave the weather to travel to be with family. While some take their RVs, others fly or travel by automobile, leaving their RVs in a park down south or out west. Our friends John and Kathy Huggins will be doing that in the next few days when they go to Maryland for family time with their sons and their families.
Some of our RVing friends actually do it in reverse, making arrangements for their family members to fly down south to be with them over the holidays.
Others of us choose to stay where we are to avoid holiday travel hassles. Many RV parks host Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, usually potlucks where the park supplies the ham or turkey and guests bring the rest.
Sometimes a small group of RVers will have their own holiday dinner, usually taking advantage of the warm weather to eat outside under an RV awning. It was at an event like this that we first tasted deep fried turkey. If you have not had this delight yet, do yourself a favor and try it. You won’t be disappointed.
Many times Terry and I have just gone out for a holiday dinner, leaving all the cooking and cleanup to somebody else. It’s become sort of a holiday tradition for several couples who are at the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve at Christmas to go to a Chinese restaurant for dinner, and I’m looking forward to it again this year.
How about you? How do you handle holidays on the road?
Today is your last chance to enter this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of Birdsongs by my friend Jason Deas. It’s the first book in Jason’s excellent Benny James mystery series, a fast-paced tale centered on former FBI agent Benny James, who hoped to retire to a slower paced lifestyle on a houseboat but finds himself drawn into a murder investigation. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
Thought For The Day – Do not worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older it will avoid you.