Prompt for December 13:
Did you or your ancestors travel anywhere for Christmas? How did you travel and who traveled with you? Do you remember any special trips?
Growing up, Christmas was always at my family's house. There were seven of us, and my mother's two siblings had no children, and my dad's siblings and parents all lived far away (we were in Houston, Texas, and they were in the Chicago area and Rochester, New York). So no, we didn't do any traveling for Christmas.
Nowadays, Christmas is usually at my brother Mark's house in Austin. He and Debbie have the most kids (four) and the biggest house. Since I moved back to Texas in 2006, we've driven down there for Christmas Day. The first year, I tried to drive back the same night. THAT was a mistake. Tons of deer along the road - very stressful. So now, we stay overnight. The past couple years, it's been at the famous Austin Motel, but we probably won't stay there this year, because Christmas is on a Friday and "weekend rentals must include Friday and Saturday." Kinda defeats the purpose of staying in an $80 room if you HAVE to stay two nights.
(This is post 13 in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories hosted by Geneabloggers.com). © Amanda Pape - 2009