Whether you’re parked at an RV site or headed down the highway, consider decorating your RV. If you’re parked you can add lights to the outside, put up a small Christmas tree, stockings, signs and more! If you’re driving consider adding some decorations to the dash and putting a wreathe on the grill of your RV. It will all help add to the festivity of the season!
2. WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE
Set up a white elephant gift exchange in your RV park. Everyone can bring a dish to share as they enjoy friends and fun! If you’ve never had a white elephant party before, you’re in for a real treat and lots of laughs. Have everyone bring a wrapped gift worth no more than $15 (or whatever limit you choose). Have all your guests pick numbers out of a hat, they will open gifts in that order. After the first person goes, subsequent people can choose to steal another person’s gift or unwrap a new one. The person who had their gift stolen gets to open another. Get ready for lots of fun!!!
If you can’t be with family for the holidays, why not spend them volunteering? Check with local shelters, soup kitchens and nonprofits to see how you can get involved. Giving to others will help get you in the holiday spirit and you never know what you’ll get back when you decide to give.
4. COOK HOLIDAY MEALS
Cooking in your RV can be stressful, especially when you’re making big meals. For the holidays, think outside the box to create some of your favorite traditional meals. You can also consider hosting a potluck with your RV neighbors so each of you only has to make one dish!
5. GO TO THE BEACH
If you’re RV camping in Florida, do something crazy and spend the holiday at the beach. There will be less people and the weather will be perfect. With the average temperature in December right around 60 degrees, you can’t go wrong. Plus all your northern friends will get jealous when you’re relaxing at the beach and they are shoveling snow.
6. GIVE EXPERIENCES, NOT GIFTS
If you’re tight on space in your RV, consider giving each other experiences instead of presents. Research the area you’re staying in and find fun things to do together. Maybe splurge on an outing you normally wouldn’t go on or eat at a fancy restaurant. Whatever you choose to do, just remember to make memories and take lots of pictures!
7. ATTEND LOCAL CHRISTMAS EVENTS
Enjoy the city you’re in by attending some local Christmas events. Many cities have events calendars that will let you know what’s happening on what day. In Florida, we love Christmas events because it helps get us in the spirit when the weather isn’t so cold.
8. ATTEND EVENTS IN YOUR RV PARK
Most RV parks host events for the guests. Find out when the events are and get out to them. You’ll never regret spending time with neighbors, and you’ll have lots of fun doing it! If there aren’t any events, plan some yourself with friends!
9. USE TECHNOLOGY
Far from family? Don’t forget to make technology work for you. Skype with friends and family, share photos through social media, call and text! Even just a few minutes will shorten the miles. If you’re a grandparent, ask your children to set up a phone in the living room and turn on Skype so you can watch your grandchildren open presents. Or schedule a time where all of your family can connect on Google Hangouts. Technology is as creative as you are.
10. ENJOY THE SIMPLE THINGS
Christmas today is so easily characterized by shopping, stress and the insatiable need for more. Whether you’re seasoned at celebrating the holidays in your RV or this is your very first, relish in the simplicity of it all. You get to enjoy the season, the music, the food, the fun, the songs and the spirit, all without the stress. You get to sit back and remind yourself to be grateful for everything you do have, instead of remembering all the things you don’t.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, FROM ALL OF US AT NEWBY FUN RESORTS!