This was our first family Christmas in our RV and while we kept everything small in the gift department, our experience was huge! Instead of focusing on the stuff of Christmas, we tried to focus on the meaning of Christmas and our time together as a family.
We didn't do many Christmas crafts due to the space limitations, but we made a few ornaments and we found these adorable gingerbread RVs at WalMart. The kids had a ball decorating them and they consumed them almost immediately, so clean-up was relatively quick and easy.
While we are in Texas, there were still several nights that dipped into the 20's and teens at night. I will admit, the first few times this happened, we packed up the kids and headed to a hotel because we were not prepared with propane, heated hoses and the like. We did our research and purchased a heated hose from Camping World and an electric heater to help keep our propane usage low. These few simple purchases bought our family a bit of confidence to withstand those few freezing nights.
We had some airline miles that we cashed in for hotel points and made memories by staycationing at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. They do a Breakfast with Santa that isn't as crowded or as expensive as the Gaylord and we are able to actually enjoy the moment instead of fighting the crowds. There is an adorable theater in the basement of the hotel called Gepetto's Theater and they put on an excellent little marionette show at Christmas and throughout the year. We also went to Medieval Times which is nearby and we found a Groupon deal on Black Friday. The staycation kept our mind off the cold and gave us a few days away from our tiny house.
Because the new heater took up the space where we had put our tiny 4 foot tree, we let my parents borrow it and agreed to do Christmas morning at their house. I had one storage bin underneath our bed in Sally the Sightseer and all of our Christmas gifts were put in there.
Wrapping presents was a bit tricky, but thanks to my husband and the kids being so tired from all of our Christmas galavanting and activity, we were able to get them to sleep and do all the wrapping at once.
Christmas eve was the usual trek with family to church, then to my parents for dinner and then after the Christmas morning shenanigans and opening presents, we came back to the RV where Tom's dad and fiancee met us for lunch with a beautiful Christmas duck. We spent the afternoon just enjoying family and company.
Home truly is wherever you make it, and I don't think that our Christmas memories could have been any more spectacular unless we had been the wise men on the way to see the blessed Christ Jesus. But, the time remembering and celebrating our Savior's birth was made special by the time we spent together.