One of the downfalls of moving away from family is not being able to visit for the holidays. That dreaded fear came down on us this year. It’s our first year living in South Carolina with our families both in Florida. While we visited them for Thanksgiving Judd’s work schedule we has us staying in town for Christmas.
At first I was a little upset. Flights to Florida for me ranged from $400-$800 round trip. It didn’t make sense for me to fly home and leave Judd here celebrating Christmas alone. So instead of sulking about, I decided we would have a low-key Christmas just the two of us!
Celebrating Holidays Long-Distance
It can be hard being separated from family and friends especially during the holiday season. But you make the most of whatever your situation is. I am choosing to make the best of this long distance holiday and create new traditions.
Grab a Christmas Eve Dinner Out
Usually my family has a big get together at my grandmother’s house for Christmas Eve. So this year I decided to get reservations for Judd and I to eat out. I chose a swank hibachi restaurant where the food is also the entertainment!
Or Order Out!
When Judd was working holidays at the hospital back in Florida, I would frequently order from a sushi place 5 minutes from our house. They were open for all the holidays which made them my go to spot for dinners in. If it’s just you, order your favorite take out! There’s usually no messing up your kitchen or having to do dishes after take out.
Have a Holiday Movie-thon
Rent some holiday classics to watch. My favorite holiday movies can be found here. I usually go for White Christmas or Christmas Vacation on Christmas Eve. It’ll be just what you need to put you in the spirit!
FaceTime or Skype the Fam
One of the best things about technology is getting to see family when you live far away! Each year we have missed a family gathering on a holiday we would Facetime family. The phone would get passed around at the family gatherings so we could talk to everyone even if it was brief.
Make a New Tradition
Celebrating holidays at a distance can be hard. Instead of feeling homesick, make some new holiday traditions! Wake up Christmas morning and cook an epic breakfast. Build a fort in the living room and have a sleepover by the tree. There are so many things you can do to make the holidays special even if you aren’t with family.