During Christmas and the New Year, many people choose to head out and visit family, friends and loved ones. However, while it can be exciting to travel and get reacquainted with the people who mean the most to you, completing long journeys and travelling with family and young children in tow can be a real challenge.
Of course, kids are likely to be hyped up thanks to Christmas and the thought of presents, food and parties – add in some travel to the mix and if you aren’t careful, you’re going to be faced with a house full of over-excited children bouncing off the walls!
Therefore, to try and keep you on your toes and avoid becoming overly stressed out by the children’s antics, here are some top tips to keep in mind if you are planning to visit friends or family members over the Christmas and New Year period.
While organising large family get-togethers can be a bit of a nightmare, all the effort will be more than worth it when you look around the table and see everyone’s happy, smiling faces together. It’s especially important not to forget the older generation when you are busy making your festive plans – if they can’t travel far, perhaps you could all visit them at home instead for a truly unforgettable Christmas! Of course, depending on where they live, there might not be much available room for everyone to stay, but a lovely seasonal visit will be sure to brighten everyone’s spirits this winter. From residential parks to retirement villages, flats, apartments and more, the rewards will be more than worth the journey. For more information about residential parks and visiting family members who live in them, you can go to this site.
Of course, for some people, not everyone in the family will get on. If you know a particular person who irritates you or causes problems will be present, you should take steps to overcome the issue and do your best not to let them spoil your visit. Although the festive period is one of the best times of the year to try and build bridges and re-establish connections and relationships, if things don’t go to plan, make sure that you have a firm strategy in place to deal with it before things get out of hand.
Bringing too much with you is a common issue when travelling at this time of year, especially if you are planning to be away for the big day itself. Instead of feeling tempted to pack everything up to and including the kitchen sink, make a list and try to only bring what you think you will actually need. Of course, it’s important to be prepared with spare clothes, toys and accessories for the little ones, but when it comes to your own packing, you should know what you need. Similarly, you ought to bear in mind any limitations associated with where you will be staying – the last thing you want to do is trip up granny with a stray toy car or find the dog running off with your last pair of clean socks!
Who doesn’t love the tradition of giving and receiving gifts at Christmas time? If you are staying with a friend or relative, it’s good practice to bring a gift such as a bouquet of flowers or a bottle of wine to thank them for their generosity in opening their home up to you. Conversely, if you will be spending Christmas morning away from home, don’t forget to pack everyone’s presents so you can all open them together. Make sure the little ones don’t forget their stockings either, so Santa can be sure to fill them up with plenty of goodies and gifts galore.
Of course, the most important thing to bear in mind is that the festive period is a time for fun, family, relaxation and enjoyment. Indulge the children (within reason!) and remember the joy that Christmas can bring the little ones as you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year together.