As we end October with Halloween and start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas, I realize something: Holidays are tricky!

We have always seen all the grandparents on major holidays. There is a combined Thanksgiving lunch and we spend Christmas Eve with my mom and Christmas Day with Sam’s family. It has been this way for nearly 20 years! But now what? We can’t make that drive in November and turn around and do it again in December. I knew this day would come but I never gave it much thought! I really am wishing that I would have!

Now, don’t get me wrong! I don’t, for a second, regret moving to Orlando! But holidays are family days and that is really important to me. I guess that would be something I would tell anyone who was thinking about making a big move…holidays are gonna happen so think about what you are going to do!

Luckily for me this year my mom is willing to fly to Orlando to spend Thanksgiving with us and we will go home for Christmas.  But it will be a different kind of year this year!

About The Author

I am the mom of the typical American family that did a not-so-typical thing! We moved 1000 miles south of our hometown to a city we knew little about. Those first few weeks were crazy! I didn't go anywhere without putting the address into my GPS. I drove the wrong way on the Turnpike & the 408 and at one point ended up in Winter Park when I was headed to Winter Springs! We struggled with everything from finding doctors and dentists to determining where to grocery shop. Every trip to get gas or dinner was a new exploration and adventure. Within a few weeks, however, we had made a serious dent in our "To Find" list and started to feel a little confident in this new city. Today, It has been nearly 2 years since we pulled that moving truck into Orlando and we all couldn't be happier or more settled! This isn't the path for every family...that's for sure. But if you are prepared for the same journey, hopefully I can be a resource for you so you don't end up in Hunter's Creek when you are trying to go to Altamonte Springs!

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