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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5556 posts) 4y

Hi all,

After reading a thread in the travel companion section about spending Christmas possibly alone NY, I thought about starting this thread.
So, where you with Christmas? Travelling around, at home, alone, with friends, family etc?

Going to be a weird one for me. Second time outside the Netherlands. First time was in Cuba, with my gf, now I will be alone. My cousing is marrying a Brazilian lady on the 24th, so big party then. But the 25th I will be travelling alone in a bus towards Porto Alegre. And the 26th fly out of there via Sao Paulo to Amsterdam.

Oh well, it is actually a funny way of spending the days. How about you?

Cheers
Mike

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3535 posts) 4y

WELL... My darling other half is working away until 23rd Dec and then we hope to spend a very quiet Christmas at home alone just the 2 of us - shunning the world!

Not doing the whole turkey thing. Hoping for dry weather so can take the dog for extra long walk then having a champange living room carpet picnic - before the inlaws desend 2 days later!

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5556 posts) 4y

Quoting Purdy

WELL... My darling other half is working away until 23rd Dec and then we hope to spend a very quiet Christmas at home alone just the 2 of us - shunning the world!

Not doing the whole turkey thing. Hoping for dry weather so can take the dog for extra long walk then having a champange living room carpet picnic - before the inlaws desend 2 days later!

Sounds perfect! And nice to see you back here as well Heather...;)

4. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 4y

Originally I should have been spending it in The Netherlands but one of my oldest friends will get married in Dublin on the 24th (seems a popular date )...so i will fly back for that....there is no planes on the 25th so i can't get back till the 26th...... i'm really excited to see my friend get married and be with my family but as my other half had to work over xmas, including the day itself, he can not come with me.....so it'll by my first xmas without him in 8 years.... bit of a strange one and very mixed feelings about it .... and i feel incredibly guilty for not staying here but i've been best friends with D since we were in school and can not miss her wedding but aghhhhh

5. Posted by Isadora (Moderator 13924 posts) 4y

Michael, Beerman and I will gladly trade places with you.... (You think I'm joking - I'm not! Okay, you have to pay for 2 airfares, etc.) ;)

We will be making our yearly trek into Chicago on the 24th. We spend the day with family, eating dolma (stuffed grape leaves - yum and we're making it), opening gifts, eating cookies and baklava (Armenian) and trying not to kill each other. Make that trying not to kill Beerman's older brother. We like everyone else. Everyone packs up their gifts, double-checking them twice, before they leave because they don't trust who will try to "steal" something. It's happened. (Yeah, I see you laughing - it's happened! More than once!)

Depending on the cheapest rates, we walk or take a cab to our hotel for the night. We also bring along some rum and watch all the cable channels we can between 11pm and 2am. We love Animal Planet, the Weather Channel, the History Channel and Nat. Geo. (Usually stuck on Nat. Geo.) We don't have those at home.

Morning of the 25th arrives and we head to the hotel's restaurant for their version of Eggs Benedict (now a tradition) and copious amounts of coffee. If we need to "hike" back to Beerman's mother's condo, coffee in copious amounts is definitely in order. We have a noon dinner of lasagna, garlic bread and salad (yup, make that too - except the salad) with 2/3 of the family, watch a bit of football or whatever sport is on, then hit the road for home.

Once home, we fall to our knees in praise that we've arrived safely and the cats haven't burned down the house. We then settle in on the couch and watch one of our "holiday" movies - such as Club Paradise, Water, The Mighty Quinn or anything else that is Caribbean-related. (Guess where we'd rather be at Christmas...)

You asked...

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5556 posts) 4y

It's a tough one Isa, but actually I would really want to have your Christmas days as well. Including Beerman's older brother...:)

But basically it's the food and tv channels that does it for me!
So, do you like to spend Christmas in a world where it is 90 degrees Fahrenheit;)

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Nov-2010, at 14:00 by Utrecht ]

7. Posted by Isadora (Moderator 13924 posts) 4y

Quoting Utrecht

It's a tough one Isa, but actually I would really want to have your Christmas days as well. Including Beerman's older brother...:)

But basically it's the food and tv channels that does it for me!
So, do you like to spend Christmas in a world where it is 90 degrees Fahrenheit;)

NO! You do not want Beerman's brother. Well, unless you like someone belching and farting in your face. (Remember, he is OLDER than Beerman and should have given up that behavior at age 12.)

As far as Christmas in a world where it is 90F? YES!!!!!!!!!!! As long as there is a beach, snorkeling/diving, a palapa and possible beach bar. Not going for the camel trek cross the Sahara. Key word - Caribbean (or something similar).

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9. Posted by Q' (Moderator 1987 posts) 3y

We'll be in Texas with my mom and sister's family. Mom's going down there to spend the winter and we're bringing her. So anyone know what's there to do in Texas over Christmas anyways ?

10. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3535 posts) 3y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting Purdy

WELL... My darling other half is working away until 23rd Dec and then we hope to spend a very quiet Christmas at home alone just the 2 of us - shunning the world!

Not doing the whole turkey thing. Hoping for dry weather so can take the dog for extra long walk then having a champange living room carpet picnic - before the inlaws desend 2 days later!

Sounds perfect! And nice to see you back here as well Heather...;)

Thank you Micheal - and hopefully it will be perfect - well as long as Paul gets home for 23rd Dec - he aint flying scheduled flights and the "carrier" are very prone to cancelling at the last minute and he has no redress or ability to complain (well we can complain all we like just no-one will care or listen!) the alternative Christmas will be me and dog home alone eating toast in bed!!