The last few holiday seasons have been too sad for words....

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by timer lady, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. timer lady

    timer lady Queen of Hearts

    The last few Christmas seasons have been horribly depressing. I was chatting with ktbug a couple of nights ago & decided she & I need to do something different - something fun for the week of Christmas.

    I'm checking out going to Florida the week of Christmas (not the Orlando area - most likely on the gulf coast side). My sister in law lives in Panama City & kt & I could visit with her & her family for a bit while we're down there.

    I just want to take my artwork & a couple of books; kt wants to bike, dip her toes in the ocean & hang out.

    There are some great deals on condo rentals; we can make our own meals, our own schedules. The airfares aren't bad either. So what do you think? Hmmmm....

    Or is there another area in the country that would be a lot warmer than here, with more sunshine. We just want to hang out & relax. Maybe come up with new traditions for the holiday season for next year. (I can't afford to travel each year.)
  2. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Linda, I think the Florida Gulf Coast sounds like a lovely spot for you and kt to celebrate Christmas. Sometimes when old and cherished traditions bring sadness instead of the joy they are supposed to bring, then it`s time to find or create new ones. I think it`s a wonderful idea.

  3. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    We frequently have t-shirt weather for the holidays here on the left coast. :D Though last year it was actually cold... you just never know... But I think that's a great idea for the two of you!
  4. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    Linda that sounds like a great idea if only to shake things up a but. We stayed on treasure island, which is on the gulf and it was wonderful! We saw all sorts of live natural sea life and the sunsets were beautiful.

    Hey another option would be to spend it in an old New England town or NYC so you can experience all the wonder there.

    I think finding and/or creating new traditions for the future is a great idea. Hopefully, this will create an opportunity for you to do that.
  5. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

    I think it's a great idea! But, remember last year it did get cold in Florida - although I don't know if it did along the coast. My geography isn't so hot. :p
  6. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    I think it sounds like a wonderful idea, Linda.
  7. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    I think it's a wonderful idea, Linda!

    You know, even in those "Beaver Cleaver" families, things never stay the same, they always change, and you notice it so much more on the holidays. With us, first I got a divorce, then a year or so later my daughter moved back to Florida to work, 800 miles away from my son and I in Tennessee. Money was short and the first couple of years my son and I spent Christmas, just the two of us, at home, but it was kind of dismal. It was VERY hard for me to let go of the idea of having Christmas in my own home, but the next year we drove to Florida and spent the holiday with my daughter, and we had a great time! Ever since then we've been very open about it and we spend Christmas where ever we end up! We've spent a few holidays with my brother in Florida, we spent one Christmas at Sea World, and even spent one whole Christmas Eve exploring the Battery in Charleston where my daughter lives now. And now that there's the grandbaby, we'll either go to their house in SC or when he's older, they will come here and spend the holidays. I still get very sentimental for those holidays when I had two excited little kids opening presents next to the tree, but time marches on and things change.

    I think it's a great idea for you and KT to get away together for the holidays and spend some relaxing, happy time together, a real mother/daughter get away. Maybe that can be your new 'tradition'. Just leave yourself open to anything and see where it takes you!
  8. nvts

    nvts Active Member

    Go away, dip toes, eat what you want and enjoy...the thing about the holidays is that it's about love and doesn't matter where you are - love is love, fun is fun and traditions are made to enhance your memories, there's nothing wrong with new ones. You've been through the wringer - do your art and relax - you deserve it!

  9. Mattsmom277

    Mattsmom277 Active Member

    SOunds lovely! I'm with those saying sometimes you have to shake things up and develop new traditions. Perhaps each year you could pick a new place to explore. New England at Christmas indeed is beautiful as mentioned. And then the warmer places would be a nice break mid winter as well. Wherever you two head, I bet you'll long remember those weeks away together. Bravo for figuring out that you can do something to turn those rotten holidays around. Have fun planning :)
  10. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    I think its an awesome idea. I have been trying to tlak my family into abandoning the expense of gifts and going somewhere instead for a while to no avail...I remember most all of my family vacations, but very few Christmas gifts leave such an impression...

    I say go for it!
  11. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Ya know Linda...I think a new tradition of traveling for holidays sounds very good. Maybe this Xmas is Fla. Next Xmas could be Myrtle could see me, EW and Star...maybe Fran would run on down for a day! I would bring all the kidlets to entertain KT!

    You could work in a trip to Williamsburg maybe for Thanksgiving one year. It is divine that time of year. Totally handicapped accessible too. KT would adore it. Id say Difficult Child but after my experience, I think it would be hard on you. Maybe you and I could hang out at Jamie's and get Tony and Jamie to take KT and the kids to the zoo one year. Hey....I can fill up your travel plans!
  12. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Site Moderator

    I think it's a wonderful idea!:xmasdancers:
  13. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Great idea!!! Sounds fun. One year I want to go to Williamsburg.......husband's family works there and it's awesome at xmas!!
  14. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a good plan. I like the idea of doing something different and fun.
    Go for it!
  15. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    I think that is just a wonderful idea. It would be so nice for you two to get away and spend some fun time together.
  16. pepperidge

    pepperidge New Member

    Hi Linda,

    A few years ago we went to Sanibel Island at spring break. The beaches are lovely, you can walk for miles, we rented bikes as there are nice bike paths, a nature preserve, and lots of condos for rent. It is not too far from the airport. Worth a look. Sounds like a great plan.

    I too feel the need to invent some new holiday traditions, seems like the holidays have gotten increasingly ground down in the whole difficult child thing. I don't look forward to them at all. So perhaps you will inspire me to rethink things.

  17. timer lady

    timer lady Queen of Hearts

    Thanks for all the support. I'm busily planning my new adventure.
  18. LittleDudesMom

    LittleDudesMom Well-Known Member Staff Member


    I think you hit upon a fabulous idea! Making new memories and starting new traditions is just what you and kt need to celebrate the holidays this year. I'm sure you will miss being with your family, but perhaps you can fit in a visit with them a couple weeks before Christmas. Dangling your toes in the surf while those in your hometown scrape the frost off their windshield is a great thing!

  19. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    I would jump on it in a NY Minute.
  20. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Wonderful idea!!!

    Keep us posted on your holiday plans! We will all be jealous! At least those of us up North!