Getting Away for Christmas

Lobby in Grand Floridian WDW

Christmas 2017 at Epcot, WDW

There have been a number of times in our life where going back home for the holidays was not in the cards. Sometimes it was because other family members couldn’t fit the gathering into their time schedule or maybe because money was tight. There were other times where we didn’t have enough time off from work. There was a stretch of Thanksgivings where we, as a family, were just too far away. For almost six or seven years in a row we turned Thanksgiving into a special trip for us and our children. That was twenty plus years ago and for three years in a row we had Thanksgiving dinner in a park at Walt Disney World. In those days we had the parks virtually to ourselves on Thanksgiving day. Unfortunately those days are long past. Thanksgiving day and Christmas in a Disney park are now high attendance events.

Gingerbread Village on Celebrity Silhouette

When we were first married we had friends that would always go to The Homestead in Virginia for Christmas and rave about the experience. One year we spent Thanksgiving there. The hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas, they would feature special dishes like wild boar or pheasant at dinner, offer tea in the afternoon and hot coco in front of the lobby fireplace in the evening.

Regardless of the reason, if you and your immediate family discover that you’re on your own for Thanksgiving or Christmas consider making it a really special holiday. As mentioned we have spent a number of Christmases at Walt Disney World but have also tried cruising during the holidays.

Lobby, Animal Kingdom Lodge WDW
Christmas at sea

Even though Disney World has become a difficult reservation for Christmas it is still a very special time at “The World”. You would be surprised at the number of families that decorate Christmas trees in their rooms and string lights around the windows. You will also find that cruises for Christmas week are a premium fare but in most cases worth the expense. It is really amazing to go to your cabin at night and wake up to discover that the entire ship has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland. On a recent cruise the central lobby had been decorated by the chefs with an entire village of gingerbread houses.

Christmas parade Magic Kingdom, WDW

 

To paraphrase a CSN&Y song – If you can’t be with the ones you love, love the ones you’re with.

 

 

 

 

Christmas on Celebrity Silhouette

                    Looking forward Again to a Very Merry Christmas and                                       

                          an Adventurous New Year.

 

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