How far will you go?

@MsTickle (25051)
Australia
December 21, 2009 9:17pm CST
Are you travelling to visit loved ones for Christmas....how far are you going? I'll be staying put but one of my daughters is coming tomorrow from Sydney...it's just over 7 hours driving and that includes several stops for resting, peeing and shopping. 2 of my granddaughters will be with her and also their dog. Their Dad will come the following day on Christmas Eve. I'm not sure of the actual distance but I know it's a long way. They will go home again on Sunday Are you travelling.....far?? Are family or friends travelling to see you? How far are they coming?
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Sadly, it's just our immediate family and we're staying home for most of the day. We will go out and feed the local ducks and geese. I hope you enjoy your celebration and form lots of new, great memories!
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Hi, catdla1. You are doing the same as I. I am just going to stay home. My cousin wants me to come over to my grandmother's house for Christmas, but I am very reluctant on going over there. There is some friction going on. I want to put it past me but I don't feel comfortable being around my family after they have bad mouthed me to my own sister. So, I feel like I am not wanted even though I am welcomed to come over. That is what I dislike most about the holidays, having to be around judgmental people that call themselves my family.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
Christmas is a great time to get the whole family together no matter what. Families are families and they always will be your family. I know some folk make it hard for others but someone has to say STOP so that you can at least try and enjoy Christmas together. Peace be with you and I hope you find some joy.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
23 Dec 09
I'm sorry that you're having problems with your family. It certainly isn't fun to be the subject on malicious gossip (no matter how well intentioned) within the family. If this has been going on for a while, it sounds like you probably just want to stop sharing any information with them that they can turn around and use to gossip about you. If a family member asks questios about things you don't want to talk about you are certainly within your rights to say, "I prefer not to discuss that". Just because they are family, doesn't mean they have a guaranteed right to your private business. If you change your mind and visit with the family for at least part of the day, try to keep conversation light and away from subjects they have no business talking about. If you do opt to stay home, I hope they get the message, and that relationships can be rebuilt into something more respectful towards you. MsTickle is correct in believing that families should be able to set aside differences and get along at least for holiday events like Christmas. Sometimes I know that it's almost impossible to do, especially if the family if confrontational. It's really sad, because as upsetting as these differences are, too soon family members are gone from us. Then we look back and wish they could be around again....even if it was for one more argument.
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
Wow, that really is quite of long travel for your daughter. Well my family lives pretty close together so there isn't a long travel for anyone. I remember a long time ago when my parents would have to spend around 6 or 7 hours travelling by car and ferry to just come to my home to celebrate the holidays with us.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
23 Dec 09
I'm glad that you are all closer now and can be together more easily. Have a warm and wonderful Christmas.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Well, I am not travelling ot see anyone..but I don't know if my sister and her family will pop in or not this holiday, as money is so tight it squeaks..If weather permits it my mom will be at my house with my little sister but they don't live that far away 20 minutes away. Whereas the rest of my family live between an hour and up away and out of state most of them.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
That's right...you live in a holler. Cash is short for me too as I just had major car repairs. I was lucky to get a bit of work just before Christmas so I could replace at least some of the funds. Luckily, my daughter is this year paying for all the big ticket items like meat and drinks. It's very hard for a single person to all of a sudden have to find the money to lay out a feast for 4 extra people who are staying for 4 - 5 days. I hope you have some visitors and that your Christmas is just beautiful. Hugs to you and best wishes from your Aussie friend.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Thanks, Yep up a holler and up a big hill, that has to be walked up and down..and we have a snow on this time right now. We ended up with 10 inches and more is coming in by Christmas day. Well, rain this the snow..so it will be slick. I will be happy to just spend time with the family and make snow angels and have snowball fights and make a snowman..I usually do the dinner.. I did thanksgiving also when my parents and my older sister and nieces was staying with me..I always stock up on food and start buying what I need a few months ahead that won't ruin. makes things easier.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Sorry rain turning into snow..mixed..then more snow..says we will end up with a total of maybe 22 inches of snow altogether.
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@stvasile (7316)
• Romania
24 Dec 09
Traveling in a 273 000 square km country like my own (Romania) may seem much easier to do than traveling across Australia of which it is an understatement to call it a "country" - it's a continent. I said that it only seems easier for people in my country to travel because the roads, railroads and airports around here are miserable. It snowed about 30 cm a few days ago and the trains had at least 2 hours delay. Some people that were most unfortunate to be surprised on the road by the snowfall had to sleep in the car for more than 24 hours (in some areas it snowed more, about 60 cm, so the cars were totally blocked). For most of the year I live in the capital city, Bucharest, which is 66 km away by train and about 90 km away by car from my parent's house, which I call "home". The day me and my sisters left for home, it took us about 6 hours to get there. We left at 7 am, got to the train station around 8 am, stayed in the train from 8.15 (the departure time) to 10.15 when it left the station, got off at about 12 and then we went on foot (there's about 3.5 km from the train station to home) through snowfall and blizzard. It hasn't snowed since Sunday, so the trains are running fine now and the roads have been cleared. The road back depends a lot on how the weather will be the first Sunday of 2010.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
24 Dec 09
That's quite a journey...I'm glad you had the company. I hope your Christmas is just wonderful. Hope you make the return journey safely.
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@vandana7 (71399)
• India
25 Dec 09
I came to congratulate you. :) That is quite informative. :) Younger sister or older sister spartan? Hope she took good care of the little cub. :) LOL.
@stvasile (7316)
• Romania
25 Dec 09
One older and one younger. Had to drag them both after me through the snow...
• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Dec 09
I'm glad you'll have family with you during the holiday Tickle. What a treat to be able to see your granddaughers eh? I envy you. I don't have grandkids.....yet! LOL The hubs and I will be travelling to Alberta (9 hours away) to visit with his Mom, and I'll be meeting up with my youngest son there who will be coming in from B.C. (8 hours from Alberta). I haven't seen my youngest in over 3 years and I'm so stoked to be able to see him. I've missed him so much...........
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
Travel safely my friend....you and the hubs. Have a blessed Yule and I hope the snow melts for you. Tell your family your Aussie friend will be raising a glass to them on Christmas day. Brightest blessings my friend.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
I'm coming to your place Alice...woohoo!
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
22 Dec 09
I'm staying home too. My kids are coming to me, they don't have far to go. Next door and across the street. My mom is coming too, she lives about a 20 minute drive from here. I wish you a Very Merry Christmas, and a most Joyous New Year.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
You'll all be together quicker Polly. I hope you are in a warm place or able to keep warm. Enjoy the time with your family and very best wishes to you for a wonderful 2010.
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Thanks so much for your well wishes. Its been cold here where I live, but I do have heat in the house. We have had snow a few times too. Its winter time, where I live we have all 4 seasons, and the seasons are normal seasons. Take care and have fun, eat good food too. I will be cooking dinner. The kids will smell it and come running.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
It's a stinking hot summer here and we are desperate for rain...December is a month when we can normally receive a good rainfall but it hasn't happened this year and we are running out of time.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
22 Dec 09
I would thnk about 350 to 400 miles We are staying home and Son is to bring the dinner from his home as he wants to save ua gas for we would have to go up ther in 2 cars
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
What a good son he is. Sounds like you have everything well organised. Have yourselves a wonderful time now.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
22 Dec 09
yes a very wonderful son and DIL
@dawnald (84071)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Dec 09
If it isn't snowing in the Sierra Nevada (think "the Donner party"), we will be going to my Dad's in Nevada for Christmas. If not, staying home.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
I've just been over on Fb behind you on Irish's Christmas post...lol. Is "the Donner Party" something memorable? It sounds vaguely familiar. I thought Nevada was desert country??? As in really hot like it is here.
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
23 Dec 09
We have just driven 5 hours today to spend Christmas with our son. We are staying here for 5 days before we start back home. Whilst here, we will also be using the time to visit friends, and are looking forward to a wonderful Christmas lunch with friends and family together.
@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
23 Dec 09
Hi Abby. Sounds like you will be busy enjoying yourselves. My daughter is here now...sleeping. We are all set for a lovely Christmas I think...except for the heat...it's dreadful. Hope your visit is joyful and that you arrive home safely again. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
@sid556 (30997)
• United States
23 Dec 09
I am travelling to my daughter's on Christmas eve. It is only about 40 mins. away but OMG....the road leading up to her door is like something from the 18th century. There is supposed to be a snow storm so I'm just a little nervous. It'll all be ok I'm sure because once there, we are spending the night and celebrating Christmas all together. It'll be a great time...it always is. Have a great Christmas, MsTickle!It sounds as if it will be hectic but memorable and fun!
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
23 Dec 09
I'm sure you will make it safe and sound..a little nervousness will keep you safe. This is the second time the family has been here in the 4 years I've lived here. Last year was a lot of fun. I think spending the night is a great idea...things are not so rushed and you can make the most of it all. Have a warm and wonderful visit with your family this Christmas dear friend.
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
22 Dec 09
Yep I am leaving tomorrow to my Sons and Daughters I will be staying with my Daughter but going to spend time with my Son to every Day I will be on the road for about 3-4 hours depending on the Weather really Have a lovely Christmas much love to you
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
23 Dec 09
Travel safely Gabs...no sneezing on Mum Gissi. Merry Christmas to you Gabs, Gissi too and also your son and daughter. Have a lovely time and be well.
@maezee (37728)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Ha. I'm going a mere.. 5 miles to my family's house on Christmas Eve. We don't really have all that many relatives who live elsewhere than the city I live in, Minneapolis. It must be exciting (although also a pain in the neck, I would imagine) to fly out or take a road trip to spend time with your family.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
23 Dec 09
My daughter loves to drive the distance to visit with me. She has a managerial position in the city so getting out on the country roads feels really good to her. It would be a pain to have to fly...so many things seem to go wrong when people try to fly at Christmas. My daughter will be here for 5 days so she will have time to relax. Her hubby does odd jobs for me while he's here...he likes to be needed. I'm very lucky.
@littleowl (7157)
22 Dec 09
Hello MsTickle, this will be the first christmas that I will be spending on my own, my son is working and my daughter and her boyfriend want christmas day to themselves but she has aked my son and myself over on Boxing Day fortunatley he drives so we will be alright. Apart from that I will be at home in the warmth and to me I don't mind either....LoLo
@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
23 Dec 09
Merry Christmas littleowl dear. I've spent a couple of Christmases on my own and I didn't mind at all. Of course I made myself roast turkey which I love so Christmas wasn't a total loss. When I was a child we would go to my aunt's for Boxing Day lunch. It was always a very special day for us....some fond memories there.
@kelly10 (678)
22 Dec 09
I have it very easy for Christmas day. Me and my boyfriend are going to parents who live around the corner, just a five minute walk. Although in this horrible slippy snow it will probably take us nearer 15 minutes as they live at the top of a hill. Other then that there will be some family coming to vist my parents and myself but they only have a 30 minutes drive, but again it will take about another 20 minutes then ususual due to snow being everywhere.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
23 Dec 09
Hi kelly. A white Christmas - how wonderful. Wishing you lots of joy and a safe journey through the snow. I've never seen snow...it's very hot here and we are expecting and wishing hard for some rain. Happy Christmas to you.
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
22 Dec 09
I am fortunate again this year as I don't have to travel anywhere, because I live with my parents, we don't visit anyone for Christmas and no one comes to visit us, we always have a quiet Christmas which is the way I am used to and like. I am not a big Christmassy person and I look forward to what the new year has to bring us. Not being a bah humbug but to me Christmas is too commercialized and it's for the children. We don't have children we are all adults so it's just going to be like any other weekend with the exception of presents. Have a wonderful Christmas my dear friend wishing you happiness for a brighter 2010.
@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
23 Dec 09
Thankyou very much wolfie and the same to you dear one. Big hug.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Hi, MsTickle. I know for sure that I am not travelling far to see anyone for the holidays. Maybe some of my family members will come down from afar. I am not sure. No one has said anything to me about someone coming over for the holidays. If they are then I guess I will see them then. I wished that I could travel for the holidays. I am spending Christmas as I usually do.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
My daughter once said to me..."Christmas is what you make it" and ever since then, even when I have been totally alone, I make it special. Family makes it absolutely special. I hope your Christmas is everything you make it be.
@dorannmwin (36659)
• United States
22 Dec 09
We actually have a fair amount of travelling that we are going to be doing over both Christmas Eve and Christmas day, but it isn't nearly as much as your daughter and her family has to do. On Christmas Eve we will be driving approximately 100 miles each way to Cincinnati to spend some time with my extended family. Then on Christmas Day it is 20 miles each way to my husband's family's home and then we will also go to my mother's house which is only about 5 miles away from our home. Christmas is the only time of the year that we travel that much in two consecutive days.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
You'll need to be organised...think of all those hello and goodbye hugs you can give and receive...marvellous!!
@anjrit (997)
• Indonesia
22 Dec 09
bali map and nica place to visit - bali map,hope I can be there ontime
I'm not christian but I just want to share about travel planning I just have a plan to travelling to Bali by riding a car with friends from Jakarta to Bali to get a new year moemnt there...It would be spectacular...We need at least 10 hours to going there but it's never mind...my trips would be fantastic I hope it so much
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
I'm sure it will be lots of fun...I envy you. Stay safe and have fun.
@Wizzywig (7858)
22 Dec 09
I'll be at home Christmas morning and my mum who lives about 5minutes drive away will be coming up. On Saturday,I'm hoping to visit my son who lives about 30miles away so, not travelling too far. I hope your family has a safe comfortable journey and that you all enjoy a very happy festive season
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
Thankyou Wizzywig...same to you mate. Travel safely now...ok? Cheers.
@zandi458 (27951)
• Malaysia
22 Dec 09
Christmas is a time for reunion in our family. Since all of us are scattered all over the places, we make it a point to come back to our mom's place to have one big celebration. My present house is two hours drive to my mom's house so I need to drive back home early to make preparation for christmas. Yes, my sister and her family came back home a week ago from Adelaide to be with us.
@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
Wow zandi...sounds fantastic! I'm sure there will be some wonderful times at your Mum's house. Travel safely and enjoy yourself. Merry Christmas dear.