November 13, 2008

Grounded for the Holidays

With Over 63% of Couples Not Being Able to Afford Holiday Travel, Has the Top 5 Tips for Celebrating at Home

NEW YORK, NY (November 13, 2008) — You know the saying “There’s no place like home for the holidays”? Well, this year, it’s about to take on a whole new meaning. A whopping 63 percent of newlyweds on have to change their holiday travel plans because of the economy, meaning that they may not be able to celebrate with family and close friends. But before the “bah humbug” kicks in, The Nest suggests these tips for making this holiday season one to remember — even if you can’t be with your loved ones.

1.    Over-Decorate & Start Your Own Traditions — Ditch the attitude that “no one will see it anyway.” You two will! This is the perfect time to go over the top with your holiday decor, from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Take it one step further and make decorating a full-day event — something that you’ll really look forward to. And remember that you and your spouse are a family now, and technically you’re already home. So start your own traditions and incorporate some favorites from your childhoods.

2.    Host a Party — Given the high number of couples on who have to change their travel plans for the holidays, it’s a safe bet that you’re not the only one! See which friends will be in town, or even work colleagues, and invite them over for a potluck dinner to celebrate the holidays. Along with being budget-friendly, a potluck dinner also allows for everyone to bring their own special dish, perhaps one that they enjoyed while growing up, thus avoiding the feeling of missing Mom’s famous holiday specialty.

3.    Volunteer — Since you won’t be wasting time sitting in an airport or stuck in a car, use those extra hours to help someone in need. The holidays are the ideal time to make life easier for those who are less fortunate by volunteering at a local charity. Not only will you be helping your community, it’s also a great way to bond with your partner and meet others. Volunteering is such a meaningful thing to do with your family, you’ll want to make it a holiday tradition; after all, it’s what this time of year is about.

4.    Play Tourist in Your Own Town — Instead of looking at staying home as a punishment, look at it as a mini vacation! At, we love the idea of having a “staycation” right in your own hometown. Enjoy all of the perks of a vacation, from acting like a tourist (remember that museum you’ve been meaning to visit for the past year?) to unplugging the TV and computer and pretending you’re at an exotic locale (feel free to turn up the heat and break out the Pina Coladas) to the best part of a vacation: sleeping in!

5.    Dress the Part — You might be tempted to throw on your college sweatshirt and sweatpants with those fuzzy slippers you wear every night in front of the TV, but a dress code is required. This is a special occasion! You and your sweetie should indeed dress up as though you were going out to a swanky holiday party, even if you only see one another (talk about romantic!).

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