Family getaways can be special at Christmas

Only 12 Days ‘til Christmas!
“Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go…”As much as many of us love familiar traditions at Christmastime, many families are starting a new tradition of going away on a special holiday trip together. Christmas is actually a great time to plan a getaway for your family. Children are out of school, and everyone is ready for a break. Working moms, very glad they do not have to fix a big holiday dinner, enjoy being waited on like the rest of the family. Here are a few places that sound like a lot of fun.
Many state and national parks have inexpensive cabins with kitchens and fireplaces available for rent. Actually, the rates at the National Parks have dropped 7 percent in the past 5 years. The only thing that you would need to bring is bed linens and a Christmas tree. Being together as a family with such quality time can mean beautiful memories.
Carnival Cruises offers families many amenities. There are 8 meals a day, that are included in your initial fee, award winning activities for all age groups at no additional charge, every night are Vegas type shows, casinos, family portraits, and spas for mom. Parents can pick up and drop off their kids at will, so the program is truly tailored to your wishes at only one sum of money. Beaches sound pretty good in the middle of the winter. Always check for special children’s rates, even when they are not in view.
Disney World is planning Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party from November 17 through December 17. This specially ticketed event, oriented for kids under 12, is often sold out.
Traditional Christmases from around the world are being offered at Epcot from November 26 thru December 30. This includes storytellers, celebrity narrators, and a candlelight processional, which is the highlight celebration.
The thought of getting away can be something to look forward to, but the reality is that it can be a bit daunting at times to travel with your kids. Here are some tips to make your trip more enjoyable.
Plan on spending one third of your time on activities that your children enjoy, one third of your time on activities that you enjoy, and one third of your time on activities that that the family enjoys together.
Make an agenda of what you would like to do on the trip. You do not have to stick closely to it, but it can save you from having to remember everything, especially when you are tired.
Research the area in which you are going to travel to see if there are any deals to save you money. There may be coupons or promotions going on that will save you money.

Leave early so that everyone will have plenty of time to get through any checkpoints, especially through customs, etc.
Provide plenty to do in the car. Card and word games are helpful to keep most kids busy. Older kids enjoy CD players and MP3 players. offers special weekend getaways in the state of Tennessee at pretty good prices, for those who don’t want to get too far away.
So whether you go on a cruise, by airplane or in a one-horsed open sleigh, may you truly have a very Merry Christmas!

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