we packed up the car to go
All the way to San Francisco.
1) Did you travel anywhere for Christmas?
As a kid, we never traveled anywhere for Christmas, other than to Cousin Dorothy's, my grandparents and the Christmas tree lot.
After we were married, we would alternate Christmas between San Diego and San Francisco, because Linda's parents and brother were there. They would come to San Diego one year, and we would go to San Francisco the next year. Until the kids were older, we usually flew to San Francisco on Christmas Day and returned before New Years Day. As the kids grew older, we would drive to San Francisco, usually leaving on the 23rd and arriving on the 24th. This let us do some winter vacationing in Yosemite and other places.
We tried each year to have a get-together and dinner with my brothers here in San Diego. If the girls were here, then we would have a Christmas Day dinner at our house or my brothers' house.. If we were going north, we would get together with the brothers the weekend before Christmas.
Our daughters started their own families, and so now we have to juggle everybody's schedule. Last year, we drove to Monte Rio to visit Linda's brother and his family before Christmas, then stopped at Lori's house in Santa Cruz for Christmas Eve and Christmas, and then home and Tami brought her family down to exchange gifts. This year, Lori is bringing her family down to our house on the weekend before Christmas and Tami will come down for a day and we will have our Christmas dinner then. Linda and I will go to Victorville for Christmas Eve and Day with Tami's family and return home.
2) How did you travel and who traveled with you?
We either flew to San Francisco and were picked up by Linda's father or brother, or we drove the 550 miles, usually up Highway 101 because it wasn't as subject to snow, ice and fog like Interstate 5 was. Now, we almost always drive alone, as described above.
3) Do you remember any special trips?
The trip to Yosemite after Christmas in about 1985 was the best! The girls were pre-teens and loved to travel. We stayed in a motel, but were able to wander around the lodge, see the waterfalls, bike around the valley, and go to the ski resort. There, we did some sliding on mats (I think), had snowball fights, watched the skiers, and enjoyed hot drinks in the lodge. That night, we visited Linda's cousin in Fresno and stayed the night, and headed home the next day.
This post will be part of the "Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories" carnival - organized by Thomas MacEntee at the Geneabloggers blog. Please go to Thomas' blog and read the submissions for each day.