Christmas Travel Challenges

Do you ever have one of those mornings where you wake up with a leisurely stretch and wonder how you’re going to fill your day? Yeah, me neither. Especially this year. Busy doesn’t even have a seat at the kiddie table.

Candle and holly on a stone mantleLike a lot of you, I’ve been in a whirlwind of cleaning, wrapping, cooking, baking, entertaining, and being entertained :). I’ve also been packing for a winter road trip back east to spend a rare Christmas with my family in Ontario. It was a decision we’d made way back in March.

Most years we parcel-up Christmas in boxes and mail them in early December. What a treat it’s been this year to pack with abandon, free of the usual worry of breakage, and the expense of excess weight. Being a writer with a new book out, I even included a few boxes of books. We bought new snow tires, cleaned the car inside and out, and loaded the bulkier items. All that was left to load were our suitcases.

Boot castAnd then our long awaited cross-country winter wonderland Christmas trek came to a screeching halt with a last-minute boot-cast (cave master, not me) and a scramble for airline tickets.

Happily, we found suitable flights, but I had to add re-packing to my to-do list, and sadly, some of the treasures we’d originally packed didn’t make the re-pack.

Christmas HatBut on the bright side, we’ll still have a white Christmas with my family, and we’ll still be able to visit with friends along the way. For us, it’s the people who make Christmas special, and the rest of it though nice, is simply glitter on the tree. Not critical, nor necessary, and easily done without.

With that in mind, from our house to yours, all the best to you and yours this holiday season. Glitter or not, enjoy the special people in your life. Until next year …

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About JP McLean

Author of The Gift Legacy, a contemporary thriller with a twist of fantasy that will leave you believing the impossible and wary of the night sky…
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9 Responses to Christmas Travel Challenges

  1. I didn’t realize you ended up flying instead of driving. Hope John’s leg is better. Have a great time back east. Merry Christmas to you and yours (again :)) Can you hear me laughing? Looking forward to more great chats about our writing in the new year.

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  2. denmaniacs4 says:

    I trust you and John will have a fine eastern Christmas, Jo-Anne.

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  3. Inese Poga Art plus Life says:

    Traveling by air is never that easy, I also always have worries how to pack everything. Well, you can only take that much as you can which is good because otherwise the packing would become endless. Merry Christmas, enjoy time with your family and prosperous, creative, abundant and healthy 2017 to you!

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  4. olganm says:

    I hope your husband is better soon (I know it takes a while). It’s always difficult to change plans at the last minute, but I’m trying my best to learn to be flexible…. Enjoy a white holiday and all the best to you and your family!

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