Perhaps right about now you’re planning the packing and getting ready to go and visit family for the holidays. Or maybe you’re already on the road. For many, visiting family during the holidays isn’t as easy as driving across town…
We do it though, to see the grandmas and grandpas, the aunties the uncles, the cousins and the friends. Whether we miss them or not! Because, apparently, it’s just the right thing to do. For the most part however, family politics and skeletons aside (we all have ‘em, right?) we end up looking forward to spending time with our extended families from near and far.
At least I know we do! Come Christmas Day we’l all be piling into the car and making the trek to hop from one family to the next, city after city, with a few towns in between. You can bet there will be some carolling going on, even though I really dislike at least half of the usual repertoire.
As long as we keep things light, fun and merry, I’m all about it – singing at the top of my lungs right along with the kids, to their absolute amusement. Which is what it’s all about really, isn’t it? Who am I to pass on my hang-ups about religion and Christmas carols to my kids? Not I. I’m too busy lying to them about Santa.
If you’ve got some major road-tripping in the forecast this holiday season with little ones in tow, you may want to brush up on your carols and perhaps engage in a practice session on two. I promise they’ll like it. I’ve yet to meet a child who doesn’t enjoy a good loud round of, ‘Jingle Bells’, or, ‘Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.’