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Travel Unravelled Q&A Series: The Holidays

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1. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 23 Jan '12 11:58

Here is the next installment of the Travel Unravelled Q&A series. The rules of the game can be found under the question itself. We invite all to participate and really look forward to the replies. There is no better way to make a traveler a more informed one than contributing helpful information.

QUESTION:

How do you 'handle' the holidays?

Many of TP's members are traveling during various holidays, whether it be Christmas, Easter, Chanukah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, or those of several other beliefs. Regardless of your religious affiliations (or non-affiliations), I want to know how you personally deal with being 'on the road' during these important celebratory times. Are you happy to be away? Does it make you 'homesick'? Do you enjoy learning about other culture's rituals? Do you go home for ones you deem important? (I know how I handle them - poorly as I'd rather be on a nice sunny beach with a wiki-wiki drink in my hand - but that's just me.)

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2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 31 Jan '12 15:02

I've only been away from home twice--once to visit my sister in NZ, and another time to visit Neal's family in Ireland. So, technically, I've never been completely away from family during the holidays.

I guess I got pangs of missing my family on Christmas Day itself. There's not much to do except make a phone call home, share what you're doing, wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and get back to whatever you were doing. I find it also helps a lot to just go with the flow of wherever you are. Follow the traditions of whoever's home you're visiting, sit back and enjoy. It definitely makes for very special Christmas memories!

I must say, though, that since having my own child--and watching as less and less of my grandparents' generation are around at Christmastime--I'm growing more and more nostalgic for the holidays of old. Going away for Christmas still means you can do the holidays at home the next year. But when people are missing and traditions change, there's no going back and re-living the Christmases of your childhood. Makes one appreciate Christmas that much more!

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