We made the decision to leave home for Christmas.
It's definitely not convenient.
My kids were not happy about it at all.
But something amazing happens when we leave the familiar.
We have adventures like this:
Listening to Hunger Games in lieu of television.
Talking as we drive.
Presents that sat around a Christmas lamp.
A Christmas eve dinner reminiscent of the Fa Ra Ra Ra Ra scene in A Christmas Story.
Delivering treats to the people working at the front desk of the hotel.
Walking through Temple Square to look at the lights.
Make shift cookies for Santa.
Giving gifts to the homeless at Pioneer Park.
Opening presents by the giant fireplace at the hotel.
Playing games with extended family.
As much as my children complained that they never want another Christmas away from home,
I know that this will be a year they remember more than others.
It was more about giving,
and spending time with people,
instead of technology.
It was worth it.