But Christmas is the one time of year that I really like to make an effort to get everyone together. Not just for me, but to create some great memories of family Christmases for the grandchildren; Christmas is a special time when you’re young and if you don’t make the most of it, you won’t get those childhood Christmases back.
We usually spend Christmas day at my daughter’s house but last year when she had her third child, I thought it’d be nice to give her a rest and take the whole family away for a festive break.
Now, I’m not talking Florida or Christmas dinner on the beach in Australia as I’m not made of money; I needed to find something closer to home. And that’s when it struck me: let’s have Christmas at the caravan.
My husband and I bought a lovely caravan at Cala Gran Holiday Park about seven years ago and we had such a great time when we took the whole family up. Back then it was just our daughter Jess, her husband Martin and little Megan but we had such a lovely time spending quality time together, away from the hustle and bustle of our lives in Manchester.
But what shocked me most was that when I suggested going back there for Christmas last year, they actually said yes!
And I tell you what, we had one of the best Christmases we’ve had in years. Who knew caravan sites were the perfect location for a Christmas getaway?
Christmas is a large-scale event in most families to say the least, so you might be wondering how exactly we managed to fit all our festivities into one caravan. But it really wasn’t too difficult at all. If anything, it made us more organised.
The kids’ presents were all packed up and ready to go before the trip and Bob (my husband) and I sneaked up to the caravan a week early to decorate it with fairy lights, tinsel and the whole shebang ready for when the rest of the clan arrived on Christmas Eve.
The perfect family Christmas
You might be wondering how we managed to cook a whole Christmas dinner in a caravan too but trust me, it’s possible! Over the years we’ve made our caravan a true home-away-from-home with all our pots and pans already there, so all we needed to do to prepare for Christmas dinner was stock up with a turkey, potatoes and the rest of the trimmings. I was head cook because Jess always says my roast dinners are the best – and I won’t argue with that!
Christmas morning was of course dedicated to unwrapping the kids’ presents and while I got operation Christmas dinner underway, Bon took the rest of the family out on a walk around the park.
Seeing them all trudge up to the caravan together in their hats, scarves and wellies was a heart-warming sight and as they all got changed, I made six mugs of hot chocolate for them to drink in front of the fire and warm up before dinner.
Once our bellies were stuffed with as much turkey, roast potatoes and Christmas pudding as we could humanly manage, we turned the telly on for the traditional post-Christmas dinner TV. We even managed to fit in a few board games and I can bet my bottom dollar that now Bob’s the scrabble champion, he won’t let us forget it.
In fact, we had such a lovely Christmas together in that caravan, I don’t want to forget any of it. That’s why we’re all planning to have it there again this year – a nice, big family Christmas where everyone can get stuck in and spend time with each other. I can’t wait!