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#1 Coffeegirl

Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:18 PM

Ok. After another fraught and emotional Christmas in 2012, DH and I have decided that we want to go away for Christmas 2013.

So, please hit me with ideas.  Preferably not USA/Canada or Australia based.

Would prefer to hear from those that have or do spend Chrissy away from your extended family.  What do you do on Christmas Day,how do you deal with ,presents etc?  

Our only Christmas away was with my parents back in Canada when the kids were little.DS was on,y 3 and he's 8 now. Presents were a nightmare as my parents went overboard.

Kids will be 13 and 9.  Neither believe in Santa.  


#2 Jjbeanz

Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:29 PM

A cruise original.gif

#3 Nanaimo Girl

Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:53 AM

I like the idea of a cruise.

#4 qak

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:07 AM

I like the ideas of a cruise too!
As to presents, we went away this Christmas and we had all the presents jammed into our suitcase, while all the clothes were in the other, kids', suitcase.  You need to think about this when shopping for presents, make sure you buy small things!

#5 seaside_feral

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:11 AM

If you don't mind having a winter Christmas, head to Germany and visit the Christmas markets - just magical.

#6 MuddlePuddle

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:15 AM

We've rented a house in Fiji for Christmas 2013. We've all agreed no pressies for adults. Just small stuff for kids (ranging in age from 14-1). No decorating, no cooking, no cleaning up. We have housemaids to do that for us. Can't wait!

#7 JBH

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:23 AM

I second Germany. Go before Christmas as it's the lead up that's so special. Christmas markets, mulled wine, outdoor ice skating... It's a bit hard to find anything to do on the day itself though.

If you don't mind staying in Australia, I've heard they do Christmas well at the column palmer resort. Santa comes, there's a great lunch and activities if you're up for it.

#8 Coffeegirl

Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:21 AM

Thanks for the replies. The idea of a cruise is good, bit I get seasick   sick.gif

Hmmm. Maybe a villa in Fiji or Bali.  Housemaids, no cooking or cleaning.  Sounds like a holiday for me original.gif

Europe woud be nice, but we are planning on a large trip there in a few more years.


Anyone done Japan in Dec?

#9 goody2shoes

Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:42 PM

We were going to do a White Christmas in Europe - but have changed our mind to Japan!!!

Just starting to do the research now.

#10 ~benita~

Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:50 PM

We are thinking Hawaii...

#11 KNL909

Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:09 PM

DD and I are heading to Hawaii - can't wait  biggrin.gif

#12 paod

Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:24 PM

For the past 2 yrs DH and I have run away to bali for Christmas and we LOVE it.  We actually boycott Xmas all together but maybe you could do a Kris Kringal for the kids and remember it needs to be a holiday for mum too so a villa with staff might be perfect.
We won't go to Bali again as it is a bit overkill so we are looking at Fiji, Hawaii or Vanuatu
Enjoy!

#13 marnie27

Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

The Christmas before DS was born we "ran away" to a hotel in the city about 20 minutes away. We told everyone we were staying at a friend's holiday house 4 hours away. Just needed a breather from the family politics. Now we have small children and everything is settled down on the extended family front, I love Christmas with everyone, but god that Christmas was lovely.

We went with another couple who'd also "run away" and we went out for Christmas Eve cocktails, slept in late, opened a few presents, big catered lunch, Nanna naps, read books, playing board games, looked at the lights and decorations in the city and enjoyed ourselves. Best part was we got late checkout and arrived home 20 minutes after we left the hotel, no traffic or hassle.

#14 mrsjane

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:29 PM

I think going away for christmas would be a fantastic idea. Too many relatives around can be quite frazzling and very dramatic at times. I too had a very intense 2012. Eps since i am expecting, I get more cranky.

The thought of germany is nice and but i would prefer a much more tropical spa resort where i could just laze around.  Wego Australia has some cool ideas for hotel stays, i usually use them to do my research.This year I want to go somewhere fun and relaxing but as I am due in september that may be a bit hard to achieve. hope you gals have a great holiday!


#15 2anewme

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:34 PM

We are heading to Hawaii straight after christmas, so whilst it doesnt' get us out of our Christmas responsibilities, it will stop me spending so much money prior to christmas so I can shop up a storm in Hawaii!

That, and we won't have every man and his dog showing up just because they are on holidays and have nothing else to do!

#16 Apageintime

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:45 PM

I've done it a couple of times, Dh and I have been to Singapore and Japan over Christmas and last year I went to Paris.

All of them have been fantastic, but Paris was by far the most spectacular.

#17 9ferals

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:49 PM

We spent last Christmas in Singapore and had a great time - generally I work on one Christmas at home, one away.
We just made sure to see my dad before Christmas, as he is the one who would miss us the most.

My best advice is to book as early as you can - we booked only a few weeks before Christmas and flights and hotels were super expensive.

#18 carls888

Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:03 AM

we are starting to do this too. This year we are either going to Thailand or Europe. Not sure yet. But I announced to my family that this would be the last year I catered for Christmas and we would be in a hotel somewhere from now on if they wanted to meet up, or not.
God it was liberating.
Our children are still small so the man in the suit will still come wherever we are. If we are in Thailand I am going to organise a pastry chef from the hotel to do some Christmas baking with the children to get them in the mood, if we are in Europe there will be so much to do I wont worry.
I would also love to visit lapland and think 2014 will be the year for that.

C

#19 Sash

Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:16 PM

We have booked a Royal Caribbean cruise that is cruising 18-27 December  wink.gif
Can't wait!

I am thinking of having a traditional xmas lunch the weekend before, with our family, and treating it like christmas day.
And I will be taking a few small presents on board for the kids for xmas morning, however they will mainly be getting cash.

It will be great to do something different for christmas this year, and be totally looked after rather than looking after everyone else  biggrin.gif





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