Special to The Newnan Times-Herald by Louise Kramer
Thanksgiving is officially in the family history books, and now it is time to look ahead to the next celebration on the horizon.
If gathering at home for the holidays has become a challenge because your house is too small for the entire family or you’re scattered across the country and there’s no central place that makes sense, there are still plenty of ways to gather together for Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year's, even if you’re planning at the last minute.
Consider renting a ski house, beach house or rooms at a B&B, or traveling to a nearby city to share the sights you love with the next generation. It’s not too late to book a cruise or a trip abroad to experience another country’s holiday traditions.
Holiday travel is a “great opportunity to connect and reconnect with family members on a different level than when you are at home,” says Julie Danziger, a travel adviser at Ovation Travel Group. “There are minimal distractions and you can really enjoy each other’s company. When you’re home, a lot of people lose that.”
The key to a multigenerational family trip, especially when planning late, is to be flexible and open to new experiences, since prime vacation spots like resorts in the Caribbean are booked far in advance, and prices for popular spots can become out of reach. To get the best airfare, consider traveling on the actual holiday and being flexible about when you return, says a spokesman for United Airlines.
Here are suggestions to please everyone from your parents to your 5-year-old grandchild:
– Rent a house
Rent a house that can accommodate as many people as possible, if not everyone, to allow for more bonding time.
–Take a cruise
Grandparents can sit and watch the grandkids run around them on the deck. Everyone can do what they want to do at their own pace, and then get together for dinner at night.
–Explore a new city
Find out what a city has to offer by taking a chance to sightsee, enjoy the cuisine and even take in a local event.
– Stay home
If a getaway doesn’t work for your family because of schedules or finances, think about new ways to connect with each other. Baking, playing games or reading are ways to connect.