It’s fair to say that my husband and I are HUGE fans of Christmas! We were married by Santa and Mrs. Claus in Las Vegas, amidst fake snow flurries and Elvis. We’re cheesy and silly about it. We LOVE Christmas movies, holiday lights, and decorating. We tune our radios to the Christmas station right after Halloween. We watch Christmas movies every evening, and we make it our mission to keep up with every Christmas baking show. We envy the contestants on The Great Christmas Light Fight, and we each own our share of Christmas attire!
For us it’s the holiday experiences we cherish. Rather than getting gifts for one another, we opt to travel. While I’m a researcher and planner, my hubby is much more easy going and is happy to sit back and see what harebrained scheme I come up with. So it’s in the summer of each year that we begin. Do we want to go somewhere warm or cold? Do we want lots of activities and attractions, or do we just want to kick back and relax? Do we want to travel via plane or car?
This year we are headed to New Orleans, and I couldn’t be more excited! While my husband was stationed there during his time in the military, it’ll be my first visit.
Our holiday agenda includes: strolling amidst the decorations in the Garden District (where we will be lodging); sampling some bourbon on Bourbon Street; singing carols at St. Louis Cathedral; gawking at the Roosevelt Hotel’s renowned Christmas display; savoring beignets and chicory coffee at Café Du Monde; dashing through the (fake) snow at “Miracle on Fulton Street”; lingering over hot cocoa at “Celebration in the Oaks” – the holiday display at City Park; and perhaps if we’re lucky, catching a glimpse of one of the traditional bonfires on the levee!
No matter our level of Christmas cheer, there’s a certain amount of stress that comes with holiday travel. There’s the travel itinerary itself (in our case, a rental car and 2,400 planned miles), arranging for a house sitter, ordering and shipping gifts, and packing clothing for weather in the South and the Northeast. In the end it’s all about enjoying time with those we love. So wherever your holiday travels take you this year, be safe out there and have a very Merry Christmas!