Taking the Sleigh on the Road at Christmas

Husker Home Place

Traveling over the Christmas season can be a harrowing experience.

Published on: December 24, 2013

I don’t know how many of you will be traveling over the holiday season. Our family will be home for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but over the school Christmas break, we will be traveling at least a little to see family. This is quite an undertaking.

Honestly, we don’t travel with our whole clan very often. Logistics become a problem, because our little guy still doesn’t care to sit more than about an hour in his car seat, unless he is sleeping. This has been a common theme for all of our children. Fortunately, when the others reached about four years of age, they enjoyed traveling much more, and so did Mom and Dad. We’re hoping when Ben hits four next fall, the same transformation will take place, but for now, we deal with the situation we have.

Timing is everything. Ben usually takes a nap around 2 p.m. in the afternoon, so if we can time our trip around that nap, we might get lucky and he will nod off about ten minutes into the trip. This makes for a quiet, peaceful trip for everyone.

If, on the other hand, he doesn’t feel like napping on that day, it will be an hour or two of trying to keep him busy with movies, food, juice, toys, games, funny voices, more food, and a more than a little patience.

The other thing I noticed about traveling to my mother-in-law’s house over Christmas, is that we often come home with more stuff than we came with. How is this possible? We pack everything, including the kitchen sink, into our SUV. There is no possible way more diapers, wipes, food, toys, coloring books, electronic gadgets, movies and books and kids, not to mention suitcases, could fit into that vehicle. I know, because I usually have to lean on the back hatch door to get it shut. Yet, when we return home, I find to my own amazement, that we have brought extra food, and sometimes more toys or books, along with us on our return. We just have a habit of collecting more stuff, and I’m not sure how or why.

Although we don’t have a big cow herd to worry about, we still have cows and calves, chickens and rabbits, fish and hamsters that need to fed and watered extra before we leave. It is a mad dash to get chores completed before we load up our “sleigh” for the trip. And, although we often make at least three trips around the house once everything is loaded and ready for takeoff, we usually get to our destination and realize that we have forgotten the one thing we couldn’t do without. I wonder if Santa every runs into these issues.

In any case, if you are traveling this Christmas season, please navigate the roads with care, take your time getting where you are going, and have a very happy, healthy Christmas season.

Here is this week’s discussion question? How far are you traveling this year for Christmas? You can leave your thoughts here.

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