Should we feel guilty this Christmas?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty


Should we feel guilty this Christmas?

Christmas for us has always been about family as it is for most who celebrate the holiday. Certainly it is a time of giving and receiving but mostly it is the time of year most people are traveling to be with family and loved ones.
This year we are not traveling to be with family, we are traveling to be with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and friends, although we've spent so much time with them over the years that they do seem like family. Humbug! you say.
Please, let me explain. Our children, Tamzen and Travis, who live in Michigan and Massachusetts respectively, each told us several months ago that they would be visiting us, with their significant others, for the Christmas holiday. Oh joy! It has been quite awhile since we have all been together on Christmas. Unfortunately plans changed and no one will be coming for Christmas.
Travis and his new bride Kristy will be spending Christmas in New Jersey with her family, but have already booked their flights to visit us in February. Tamzen and Abi have business in Charlotte the first week in January so they will visit us then.
Needless to say, Karen was bummed out. I needed to come up with a plan. I did. It was brilliant, if I do say so myself.
I presented her with five options;
1. Visit her sister's family in NY(sleep on a couch & cold weather)
2. Visit my family, mostly in Virginia Beach (spent 5 days there at Thanksgiving less then a month ago)
3. Stay home and celebrate alone ( most of our friends and neighbors are leaving to visit family)
4. Leave a desperate sounding message on our children's voice mail telling them that after 36 years we are sick of each other and getting a divorce ( this is done with the hope that they will drop everything and rush to be with us, this is sneaky but it could work)
5. Book the dog sitter, pack the convertible and head south for Disney World (this will be the first time since our belated honeymoon in 1976 that we will be going without kids)
Wait for it, wait for it, and the winner is NUMBER 5!!

We will be leaving tomorrow morning for 6 glorious days in the land of make believe. 
Is it weird for two people our age to be so excited about this trip? I say no, Disney World brings out the little kid in all of us.
Should we feel selfish about doing something just for us? I say no again, why shouldn't we treat ourselves once in awhile. We work hard, we deserve it.
So on Christmas Day when you are with your kids and grandkids and happen to be watching the Christmas parade live from Disney World, keep a lookout for some slightly older looking kids with big grins on their faces in the background. We just might be tempted to wear some mouse ears.

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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

The best thing you can do is enjoy this special time with each other. There is no place for guilt..forget it. Can't wait to see your photos. Have a wonderful trip!

Dec 21, 2012 04:55 AM #1
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Frank and Karen,

There's still time...I think I'll call the kids and tell them I'm going to meet Mickey, Minnie and Goofy instead of cooking dinner. Oh yeah, I forgot about the wife.


Dec 21, 2012 04:58 AM #2
Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Good for you...enjoy while you can.

Eve in Orlando

Dec 21, 2012 05:16 AM #3
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Margaret ~ No guilt involved .. fun and pictures

Rich ~ Bring the wife, don't bother cooking

Eve ~ Plan to enjoy it all!!

Dec 21, 2012 05:20 AM #4
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

You kids have fun.

Dec 21, 2012 05:24 AM #5
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Thanks Lenn, we have full intentions to do so!!

Dec 21, 2012 05:36 AM #6
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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You made the right choice you sound like my husband and I we are going to start making the same decisions ourselves for a change. Have fun!!!!

Dec 21, 2012 05:41 AM #7
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Frank, We visited a few of the Disneyworld parks about 5 years ago when the RE/MAX Convention was in Orlando.  We didn't have any kids, and had a lot of fun!  Fireworks, some rides, good food, a lot of fun!  Enjoy!

Dec 21, 2012 06:40 AM #8
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Bill and Liz ~ thanks, we are looking forward to a little bit of the kid in us coming out for the week! Pat ~> hurry up and start making those decisions!
Dec 21, 2012 09:19 AM #9
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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You have my vote!  Enjoy your time together!  This will Debbie and my first Christmas ever alone.  I think we're both a tad nervous but hey... We'll figure it out :)  Merry Christmas!

Dec 21, 2012 11:05 AM #10
Jayne Anderson
Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty - Ocean Isle Beach, NC

To the Sunset Beach and Beyond Team:

Is the voting booth still open?

If so – although I know you do not need my input – my vote would be “Yes” – go South and ENJOY everything Disney has to offer.

I hope 2012 met all of your goals and I hope that 2013 exceeds any and all of your personal and financial goals. Continued success


Dec 22, 2012 02:56 AM #11
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Jayne ~> Thanks for the yes vote to head south for the holidays! Goals met and starting the New Year the right way!! Have wonderful holidays!
Dec 22, 2012 04:10 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Have an outstanding weekend.  Be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the special moments.

Be wary of posting your travel plans on the internet unless you have someone taking care of your property while you are gone.

Dec 22, 2012 09:13 AM #13
Leslie Ebersole
Swanepoel T3 Group - Saint Charles, IL
I help brokers build businesses they love.


To my new ActiveRain friend and fellow blogger,
I wish you all things bright and beautiful
at this holiday time and throughout the year. 

Dec 22, 2012 09:51 PM #14
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Frank & Karen, Selfish for doing something for your self ... I think not.  You deserve to get away and have fun. Go and let the inner child out and play. 

Dec 24, 2012 01:53 AM #15
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Kudos to Frank and Karen for just having FUN and sharing a little of the joy with us. #5 was the BEST OPTION.

 Oh, I do remember the Disney parade, not on Christmas day though.

I am glad that you are back safe & sound.

Dec 29, 2012 02:39 AM #16
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