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Christmas Excursions

By Ethan Connell

While deciding on where to go for the holidays, we came up with idea of Christmas Outings, which we thought would be great as they would help us break away from the busy rat race around us. The uprising’ was started by the kids around September itself, when their grandparents that they were opting for an Amazon’ cruise instead of the routine Christmas visit. Their decision for starters stunned us.

Since their grandparents lived nearby and were a daily fixture, it was expected that they would never miss a Christmas, however, as they explained that a group of their best friends were going for a month long cruise, we certainly couldn’t fault them. It was then that our little five year old, Darcy, spoke up. “Well I think we need our only Christmas family vacation,” My husband and I looked at each other as Darcy continued, “…as long as we can let Santa Claus know where we’ll be.”

Finally, the entire family agreed for an exclusive Xmas travel. One of the fabulous destinations considered for a perfect Christmas celebration is that of Los Angeles. The city beams with lights and thrilling events. You can find Santa in every store hailing, “Merry Christmas”.

My husband and I had often remarked that somehow it just didn’t seem like Christmas when it’s more appropriate to wear shorts and a t-shirt than a warm jacket and mittens. And now, we started discussing if we should spend our holidays in a mountain cabin where the kids could experience snowball fights, sled and build a snowman or maybe Disney World or a family cruise.

“The Polar Express” – the most favourite movie of my kids, gave way to the idea of a train ride to James, our seven-year-old son. He preferred going for an actual train trip rather than a toy train trip at Griffith Park. My husband browsed through the Internet and came across a very interesting sight that amused me too. He pointed towards the screen where it read: The Polar Express – a train ride from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon and back, complete with a visit from Santa Claus.

It didn’t take us long to book our Christmas family vacation package at “The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel” and we were able to surprise the kids with our plans. So they did get a chance have a wonderful Christmas Holiday vacation and this started our new tradition of Christmas Family vacations.

Our original plan was to go in for a place where we could play with the snow. But instead, Williams, AZ proved to be a better choice. The train ride and Santa’s visit thrilled the kids out of their minds. And thus we enjoyed our great “Grand Canyon Railway Hotel”.

We now choose a new destination every year and the entire family (even Grandma and Grandpa) looks forward to our Christmas tradition. We know that we’ll be creating memories for years to come and experiencing a shared family bonding time. All will be well…as long as we let Santa Claus know where we’ll be vacationing.

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