I have asked quite a few people now, whether they would rather be home or away at Christmas, and people feel pretty strongly either way. All of the children I have spoken to have preferred to be at home – they don’t want Father Christmas getting lost with his sack of toys – but there is quite a mix of opinions from other generations, although the reasons can be very simple.
So it seems, the reasons for those who prefer to stay at home:-
Cos all my family are around, and it just feels right
Cos we don’t have to pack everything up
Cos I love waking up in my own bed
Cos I’m at home and it’s my house, and there is a homey feel
Cos I feel all tucked up and cosy, it’s cold outside, but warm inside
Cos I know where everything is and I have everything around me
Cos I can make as much mess as I want
Cos it can be expensive to travel at Christmas
Cos I have time and can go shopping, or iceskating etc
Cos I can see all my friends, and my family can come to visit me
Cos the house looks different and beautiful with all the Christmas decorations up
Cos it’s tradition, it’s what I’ve always done, and it would be weird not to be here
Cos the festivities are just better at home
Those who prefer to be away from home:-
Cos it’s always cold at home and I love to feel the heat in another country
Cos there are so many magical places that are even more beautiful at Christmas, so I’d love to see them at their best
Cos it’s a change of scenery
Cos I don’t want to be on my own at home
Cos there are so many people much worse off than me, that I’d love to help at this time of year
Cos I can experience different cultures and see how other nationalities celebrate Christmas
Cos it’s a change in routine – I would never dream of swimming in the ocean at home, but away, this could be the ‘norm’
Cos I can get away from the family – sometimes there can be an emotional obligation to stay
Cos it’s a fantastic opportunity to travel as a family with teenage children, as we rarely see each other all together, without the technological distractions
Cos there is always so much pressure and stress at home, so I like to be away
Cos I get two weeks holiday so it’s the only time I can get away
Cos I still keep some of the Christmas traditions when I travel, so I don’t completely forget about home
Cos it’s such a big wide world and so many countries to explore, that I always take any opportunity to travel, any where, any time….
Where would you rather be for Christmas – home or away?
And what is your biggest motivator for that decision? I’d love to know…….