Growing up we never traveled for Thanksgiving, maybe the fact that there were 8 of us made for a kind of big Thanksgiving dinner as it was. My grandpa would make the drive down to spend with us, but our other grandparents lived across the country; so it was usually our family and sometimes the missionaries from our church.
When Eric and I were first married we would rotate Thanksgiving and Christmas between each our of parents, so we were never home.
We finally had our first Thanksgiving at our new home we had built after I had graduated and was working and Eric was finishing up school. It was a new experience being the host, we learned the art of brining a turkey and have been doing it ever since.
Once we started having kids things changed. Christmas morning now meant piles of presents under the tree and beginning our own traditions. I wanted to be home on Christmas. With our many moves we were rarely close to family and so it often was just us, but I was okay with that. These early years of parenting with the kid still young, their beliefs in Santa still strong are magical and something to be cherished.
I was honestly kind of grateful we didn't have a lot of family around and didn't have to spend the day going from one home to another; it was just us and I was okay with that.
Now Thanksgiving, that is another story. I think it would be kind of sad and feel like just another meal if it was just my family. The other day Alex asked if we have ever had Thanksgiving at our house, and I realized in her almost all her lifetime we have not hosted a Thanksgiving dinner, but have always gone to another family member's house and I kind of love it.
But come Christmas morning we will be here at our home; grandparents are welcome, but other than that I am honestly really good with being just us; enjoying the moments, the traditions, letting our kids really enjoy their toys (before they are too old to want lots of toys Christmas morning).
Do you travel for the holidays are do you prefer it being just your family?