I’m a sucker for the holiday season. Now based in California, I’ve lived 2,000+ miles away from my family and its Michigan roots all of my adult life.
Each year around the holidays I get nostalgic for the magical times spent hiding from the snow, curled up on the couch with loved ones, and eating take-out straight from the container (since there aren’t any good cooks in my family). Being able to relax with friends and family in a home that’s warm and comfortable is a privilege I’m always aware of and incredibly thankful for.
But as much as I treasure the memories of holidays spent at home, some of my fondest holiday experiences were the times that I spent traveling. My first taste of international travel came at age 10, on a Christmas cruise in the Caribbean that my grandparents gifted to our extended family. I’ll never forget the magic of opening one small gift each around a restaurant table in Jamaica. I felt so lucky and loved, on an adventure with my family.
When I traveled to Europe for the first time, I flew to Rome on Christmas Eve. It was the only time I’d been away from my family for the holidays. But, as I wandered through a Christmas market in Piazza Navona, I felt an odd sense of connection to every person on the planet who was celebrating.
Whether you’re planning to stay home or embark on an adventure during the holidays, this season is one for making lasting memories. So we’ve compiled a few tips for making the winter holidays special for yourself and your loved ones this year. Hopefully it will serve as a reminder that the most meaningful Christmas gifts for your family are those that come from the heart, not the store…