Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’re having a great time of year, staying warm and enjoying time with those you love and cherish.
This is a great time of year to focus on what really matters in life, and when you live in a tiny confined space on the road you really have no choice – this is a minimalist lifestyle after all! But if you’re still in the planning stages of hitting the road, and you’re the type of person who goes all out for the season, be warned: the holidays just might be a deal-breaker for you. Here’s why:
First, you’ll need to think about holiday decorations. Which will you keep? Which will you toss? Which are important enough to take up space in your rig? I don’t know about you but I used to have at least a dozen different boxes of Christmas décor. But then we hit the road and I had to say goodbye to decking the halls with everything from my childhood Santa drawings to a cool, retro 1950s silver aluminum Christmas tree. Other RVers insist on making room for all sorts of holiday decorations in the basements of their 45′ Class A motorhomes, but to trailering folks like my husband and I, storage space is too important to give up to Santa. Now, my décor fits in a shoebox.
Next, there’s the matter of holiday travel. Being with friends and family is part of the season for most folks, so you’ll need to decide what to do about getting out to see them. Will you take a chance on the weather and drive the RV on a cross-country jaunt in December? Or will you leave it parked somewhere and hope the power stays on and keeps your fridge going during stormy weather? What will you do about your furry children? Sometimes it’s just easier to drive the toad out to see family during the holidays, but the logistics of leaving your home somewhere are always challenging.
Don’t forget about those presents. When you live in a small space with a partner, it’s extremely difficult to buy presents for one another without the other person finding out. Having packages shipped to you, then finding a place to hide them is a logistical headache and the other person always knows when Santa went shopping. Then, on Christmas day after the presents are opened and taking up space in your rig, what will you do to make more room for all that shiny new stuff? Something’s gotta go and for us, nothing new comes into the RV unless something old goes out. Of course you can’t explain that issue to friends and family; there will always be those generous folks who just don’t understand that the best gifts for full-timers are really small ones, or none at all.
One thing my husband and I decided on eight years ago was to only give each other a mutually-agreed on gift that would benefit our lifestyle. One year I got all new RV brakes. Last year I got a new solar power system. This year I’m getting air bags for our Dodge. I know that many women wouldn’t be as happy as I am about gifts like these but heck, when you have a lifestyle that’s filled to the brim with adventure and good times, there’s just no need to clutter it up with material things that don’t make full-timing even better than it already is.
These are just a few ways that the holidays present a new set of annual challenges for full-timers. In our travels we’ve encountered some full-timers who just aren’t comfortable with such massive adjustments and it becomes a real issue. Don’t let that happen to you: think about how you’ll handle old traditions in new ways long before they creep up on you and you’ll be much happier when December rolls around.
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Rene Agredano and her husband, Jim Nelson, became full-time RVers in 2007 and have been touring the country ever since. In her blog, Rene chronicles the ins and outs of the full-timing life and brings readers along to meet the fascinating people and amazing places they visit on the road. Her road trip adventures are chronicled in her blog at LiveWorkDream.com.