How to Plan a Terrific RV Christmas Vacation
A few years ago my husband and I decided that we’d had enough of the Christmas craziness and decided to plan a getaway vacation in our RV.
We knew, of course, that doing this required some serious advance organization so that we could use our trip as an excuse for turning down invitations for dinners and parties we really preferred not to attend, anyhow.
People understand that you will “be away”, but they never understand that you simply don’t want to come to their social events!
Here is the plan we came up with, and I’ve go to tell you, it worked beautifully!
Pick a Good Vacation Spot
Using your coach as a "getaway wagon" will allow you to drive right out of all the stresses that are involved with cooking, cleaning, entertaining, shopping and having to eat meals with people you really don’t like or who make you uncomfortable.
This alone should be enough to make you want to go!
The plan you make needs to give you the best parts of the holiday season while at the same time eliminating those elements of it that were making it a drudgery every year.
For this reason you should choose a vacation spot that will be festive, offer fun activities, have cheap camping and good restaurants.
Take a hard look at your calendar to see how much time you will have for your vacation.
Then decide where you want to go, firm up your travel dates and make sure to include Christmas and New Years in the e mix.
Once you know your destination, reserve a conveniently located site
Popular campgrounds fill up quickly during special times, so making plans far in advance will guarantee you a campsite.
Give Advance Notice
Letting people know your plans far in advance is the key to creating a good holiday and avoiding hurt feelings.
A two month advance notice that you will not be available to participate in holiday events is the least you should provide.
While giving this notice, make sure that everybody understands this to mean no dinners, parties or gift exchanges.
Deal With Gifting Firmly
Excluding gifting will be the most difficult part of this plan, but doing this is essential to eliminating the majority of your holiday stress.
- If people balk, explain that dealing with gift giving at the same time you are packing for a trip would make things too chaotic for you.
- If some people choose not to understand, that’s on them. You have the right to be able to take some time off, leave holiday stress behind and just relax, so don’t let the naysayers put a damper on your plans.
The real truth is that by eliminating a gift exchange, you are actually doing your friends and relatives a favor. You are saving them time, work and money, so don’t feel guilty..
Besides, you should want to leave for your vacation relaxed and happy, not exhausted and upset!
Prep and Send Cards Early
Do, however, make sure to send holiday greetings to everybody you care about.
You can make this task easy and relatively stress free by preparing the cards in October and mailing them right after Thanksgiving.
- Set up your lists ahead of time,
- buy your cards,
- write and address them a few at a time each day and
- stamp them.
The day after Thanksgiving all you have to do is put them in the mailbox!
If you don't have enough leftover cards from last year or if the stores are not stocking them yet, you can order some right now from Amazon.
There are many types from which to choose, but I prefer to buy the more traditional ones like those displayed in the ad below because they show photos of home and hearth. I buy them every year because I want the recipients to get that warm, fuzzy feeling they are meant to convey. However, you may prefer to buy those with other themes.
What's great about ordering cards through Amazon is that you can browse through the options, order those you like and then have them delivered directly to your home.
If you don't want to purchase cards (or don't have enough of them on hand) you can make use Ecards instead. These are very easy to use and can save you a ton of work.
A free site called 123Greetings allows people to send one card to as many as 100 people!
If you already have people’s email addresses, you can easily set up a mailing as far as three months in advance. The whole job will take less than an hour.
I use both methods and save time and money doing so.
I love cards like this one that remind me of simpler times when Christmas meant families joining together for a lovely meal while watching snow fall outside.
Limit the Decorations
Bear in mind that if you are leaving town, you don’t need to decorate the house. You can put a wreath on the front door if you like, but that will be all you’ll need to do.
In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, you can buy a small set of RV Christmas lights and hang them on your RV awning once you settle into your campsite.
Most campground have residents love to decorate, and the parks usually also do a lovely job of decorating their clubhouses and grounds. The attached videos give you a good example of this.
What is nice is that you don't have to do much of the work. You can just enjoy the decorations!
Plan Your Holiday RV Meal
One of the best things about the holidays is food.
Some campground residents get together and prepare holiday dinners, but others do not. Ask before you go so that you'll know whether you need to cook or not.
If you do have to cook. you can create terrific meals simply by using your crock pot and microwave oven.
- Prepare a turkey breast or some pre cooked ham,
- instant mashed potatoes,
- instant stuffing mix,
- warm and serve dinner rolls,
- cranberry sauce,
- sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping,
- veggies of choice,
- pumpkin pie with whipped cream,
and you're done!
This makes a delicious meal and allows for leftovers you can enjoy for several days. Cleanup is easy, too.
This meal will also provide an opportunity to invite a few people to join you, because there will be plenty of food.
Conversely, you can order a prepared meal from many supermarkets or can dine out.
Use Your RV to Escape!
One of the best things about owning an RV is that you can use one to go just about anywhere you like for any amount of time that is available to you.
Your getaway does not have to be far, it just needs to be in a place where people can't reach you.
Turn off your cell phones, turn on your TV or a CD, have a nice glass of wine and just relax.
You'll quickly see that taking a Christmas trip in your RV will be the best holiday you've ever had, and you'll quickly realize that this is something you should try to do every year!
Enjoy your holidays!
Do you think you'd like to have an RV Christmas vacation?
© 2017 Sondra Rochelle