Holidays while RVing, how do you celebrate? Whether you RV full time or you have always thought about RVing during the holidays, this is the article for you. Find out how other RVers juggle the dilemma – do I celebrate at “home” with my extended family or do we celebrate on the road.
From The Day We Make Keeping Traditions Alive!
Fall is coming, and the holiday season will soon be upon us! There will be pumpkins, turkeys, wreaths, and fireworks! There will be hot cocoa, snow, snuggles, and (of course) the ever-popular “pumpkin spice” everything!
Simple is the key!
So how does one pay proper homage to the myriad of holidays on the way, while living on the road and in an RV? What do WE do? Well…we do it small. We do it simply. But we do it with love. After all, the holidays aren’t about who has the most lights or the biggest decorations, right?! The holidays are about family. They are about celebrating the end of one year, and the beginning of a new year. They are about spending time with loved ones and reconnecting with values and traditions. Do we carve pumpkins and decorate trees? Absolutely! Do we give thanks? We sure do! We just do it on a much smaller scale than a “sticks & bricks” family might!
Celebrating with kids
None of the magic and joy of the holiday season is lost, however, because the true spirit of the holidays lies within our hearts. Our three children look forward to the holiday season just as any kid would…with a little bit of magic and a whole lot of excitement in their eyes! They dress up in costumes for Halloween, and we take them to festivals, trick-or-treating, and apple picking. We have a big spread of yummy Thanksgiving goodness, and for Christmas, we decorate a (small) tree with lights and hang stockings too! No matter where you are or what size your house is, there is always room for holiday cheer, making memories, and love.
Here’s to a wonderful holiday season! We hope yours is full of magic! Cheers!
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Our first year on the road, we left our home port right before Thanksgiving on Nov 21st, 2017. I was really homesick and sad and we didn’t really do anything that Thanksgiving because of it. The RV park did have a Thanksgiving dinner but it wasn’t the same.
We are from TN and are usually in route to somewhere warm before Thanksgiving or Christmas but we decorate with dollar tree stickers and other decorations because we aren’t going to store them for the next year. We’ll give them away or they will break. lol
Now that we are pros…
Since we’ve gotten used to it, it’s a lot of fun since we way overcook and eat leftovers for as long as health standards allow. We usually go see something cool in the area we’re in or if we’re near friends, we sometimes hang out with them.
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Pookie and the Bear and T-Rex
The Tiny Tree
Each Christmas season we head to the local hardware store and pick up a 12-24” miniature Christmas Tree. They usually have live minis, which we prefer, but they also have artificial mini trees that come pre-lit. We have a short string of battery-operated multi-colored twinkling lights that we use for our tiny living tree!
As we’ve traveled the Country we’ve picked up small trinkets to hang from the branches, including throws from our time at Mardi Gras in New Orleans to keep it colorful. Our tree wouldn’t be complete without the one Holiday tradition that we brought from our sticks-n-brick life, our Tyrannosaurus Rex Tree Topper. What started as a joke, has adorned the top of our Christmas tree eating the top section of lights for many years and the tradition continues! Our tiny T-Rex tree doesn’t take up much space and shows that you can still keep the holiday fun in your home on wheels! Fun Fact: Our T-Rex is also a hand puppet we can use for year-round shenanigans!
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Kimberly at RV Tailgate and Football!
Holidays are often a time for family. But what if you can’t go home? Or won’t go home?
For me, the winter holidays are often times that I don’t go see family. Why? Because it’s football time!
Rivalry Week and Turkey
Thanksgiving, in particular, is Rivalry Week in college football. That means the biggest games of the year. And as a season ticket holder with a big investment, financially and emotionally, I’m not going to miss that game.
Ever since I went to college at Georgia Tech, my family has planned on me not being available for Thanksgiving. That Saturday is Clean Old Fashioned Hate – the Georgia vs. Georgia Tech game. And I won’t miss it. Not even for family.
Thanksgiving when you aren’t traveling home to family?
I often spend Thanksgiving with friends. Or getting the RV ready for tailgating. A couple of times, we’ve even started tailgating on Thanksgiving Day for the Saturday game.
Don’t worry. I don’t go without Thanksgiving dinner though. My tailgate group has a tradition that for the last home game of the season, we do Thanksgiving Dinner. So every other year, we do a giant potluck Thanksgiving dinner on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, at the RV tailgate. The other years, it is often the weekend before Thanksgiving Day (when we play the rivalry game away that year).
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Exploring the Local Life – What Traditions?
If you have been following along with our Instagram account, you’ll quickly see that we celebrate the holidays every year, but every year looks a little different.
Thanksgiving in a Tiny Kitchen
Well, nearly every Thanksgiving, we have eaten out. Sometimes this means something totally untraditional or an epic “Thanksgiving Menu” at a good restaurant. Either way, we are reluctant to make a turkey in our tiny RV oven. This doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible, we just haven’t tried it yet! Besides, our kids only eat pepperoni pizza and chicken tenders so…
Holly Jolly Christmas with Kids!
Christmas is a big deal for our family. When we stay on the road during the holidays, we have a table-top Christmas tree decorated with ornaments and lights. Every other year, we go home to my parent’s house and celebrate with the kids’ grandparents. They always have multiple Christmas trees and make traditional foods and drinks. Even though we are in a tiny RV, the kids get stuff every year, and it isn’t always small. As they get older, we know they will get fewer things, and more e-gifts and experiences. So for now, we enjoy this special time with youngsters. Hmm…so maybe we do have some Christmas traditions.
PS – we did have a Christmas tradition before we even knew full-time RVing was a thing, started by Robert, of Christmas waffles, that never materialized. He’s not happy.
How do you celebrate the holidays? Do you celebrate the holidays while RVing or do you go home?
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