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How Do YOU Do Christmas...if You Travel?

My husband and I are considering going "home" (St. Louis) for Christmas with our two boys, 14 and 9. We have lived in Omaha for almost 9 years and have not celebrated a Christmas in St. Louis since 2002. Our oldest does not believe in Santa and the 9 year old is seriously questioning his existence. I don't want to have to tote a bunch of gifts to and from (just don't have the room). I know that lots of families travel for the holidays so how do YOU do it???

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Thanks everyone! I guess I should have been more specific. I have shipped all of our gifts FOR people in St. Louis so those are already there. The gifts for the boys--from grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc.--are a different story since everyone sends their gifts or money to our house. (We don't normally travel and weather could prevent us traveling...) So...I have to take all the boys' gifts from these people to St. Louis and then home. Luckily, I have done the shopping for the grandparents and bought (relatively) small items, although they still take up space in my trunk.

I think the biggest question I was asking was how to go about opening the presents from "Mom & Dad" and "Santa", if we're not at home on Christmas morning. I love the idea of opening before we leave...but saving one or two to open when we get back. ...and having a neighbor put out the Santa gifts is brilliant!!

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Dec 25 is also my son's birthday. We have spent the holidays with DH's family since 20 years before DS was born and that is not going to change. We give him the option of getting his presents from us before we leave or when we get back (we usually go for 5 days). He always picks before we go (he will be 6). He gets plenty of gifts from the rest of the relatives on his birthday and we don't worry about it.

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This year I told my kids (much younger than yours) that Santa was making a special trip to our house because we are traveling to NY and would be stopping by the night of New Years Eve (we return that morning) with all their gifts.

They didn't question it at all....

In the past when we've traveled I've had a friend come over and put all the presents under the tree so they were waiting when we returned...but didn't want to deal with kiddos going crazy wanting to open gifts the day we return from a week in NY...

Good luck.

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Dec 25 is also my son's birthday. We have spent the holidays with DH's family since 20 years before DS was born and that is not going to change. We give him the option of getting his presents from us before we leave or when we get back (we usually go for 5 days). He always picks before we go (he will be 6). He gets plenty of gifts from the rest of the relatives on his birthday and we don't worry about it.

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We celebrate Christmas at our house prior to leaving for the family houses 9 hours away. One present from Santa is held back and brought along to be opened Christmas morning. We only do one Santa present and it is usually nice but not the coolest present either (those should be from Mom & Dad). This works well for us.

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We ordered all of our gifts online and shipped them to my parents house. That way they are waiting there for us when we fly in, and we can wrap them when we get there. Most people know we have to fly back and forth so they get us gifts that are easy to pack. Toy my daughter loves that are too big to come with us get shipped home, toys that are too big to pack that she wasn't over the top about stay there to be played with next time we come to grandma and grandpa's house.

P.S. With all the free shipping deals going on, I think we only paid shipping for two gifts. :)

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We open the big gifts (ones from mom/dad and Santa) at home once we get back. I do order and have shipped to the grandparent's house some gifts though. If nothing is big in size we do it all at the grandparent's house (another state) and nothing at home. Relatives who are not there mail things to our house and we have a 2nd xmas at home when we get home.

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We travel by plane every other year to spend Christmas with my parents. If we will be at my parents, we have Santa come to our home before or after our trip. We have a special arrangement with him on the years we travel. :)

When at my parents, we exchange gifts with my parents and have stockings hung for small items from Santa. It would be too hard/expensive to bring along all our presents for the kids. We then have a separate celebration with Santa gifts when we return home.

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SHIP THEM IN ADVANCE. If you are flying you can not travel with wrapped gifts! or Also, I order gifts online and ship them to my parents house. I wrap when I get there. It's also great time for me and my mom to sit, talk and wrap presents together. She considers are time together a great gift.

Suggest gift cards to anyone wanting to give a gift and explain you don't have room to bring home large gifts. That way you don't have to worry about anything breaking or lost parts or anything.

We have waited until we arrived to get gifts, so we didn't have to lug everything there. We have also mailed gifts to where we are staying. One year we just brought 2 presents for our LO we knew he would like so he'd have something nice to play w/away from home, and left the rest of the gifts at home.

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