I have a confession to make. I used to dread the Christmas Holiday. I felt like it was too much … people spending too much money … kids getting too many gifts … too much commercialism … and not enough focus on what really matters.
Well, a few years ago I came up with a new idea for Christmas. Besides visiting my parents house which is a few hours away, it never even dawned on me to take a vacation for Christmas. The main reason is that I was spending too much money on gifts so there was no way that I was going to spend money on a vacation. But a few years back, Lamar and I decided to limit the number of gifts our kids were receiving and to focus on creating memories for the kids. So we limited each kid to 3 gifts each and braced for the backlash. But to our surprise, the kids were enjoying Christmas even more. Because instead of shopping, I began to focus on creating memorable experiences with the kids. We made crafts, we donated to charities, we decorated the house beyond just putting up the tree. And last year … we even took a vacation. And my kids have labeled it as the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!
So, here are 9 tips on creating a memorable yet inexpensive Christmas Vacation for your family:
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