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Traveling this Holiday? Take Your Family Traditions on the Road

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(StatePoint) Traveling this holiday season? Even if you aren’t in the comfort of your own home, you can make the experience special for your family. From decorating your hotel room to welcoming Santa, there are ways you can still enjoy those holiday traditions that are near and dear to you.

By taking your traditions on the road, your family can capture the holiday spirit in your temporary home-away-from home. Here are a few tips for making the time special, no matter where you are:

• Tell your destination if you are celebrating something special before you arrive. They may be able to accommodate or assist you with your plans.

• Just because you’re not at home, doesn’t mean Santa won’t deliver. Don’t let those presents go unopened until you get back home. Bring them with you on the road. You can even consider setting up a small Christmas tree in your hotel room.

• Bring your family’s elf along for the ride to keep your little ones on their toes – and on the “nice” list! Whether he’s peeking out of the drapes or hanging from the fan, a hotel room offers some creative hiding spots.

• Try asking the front desk to have milk and cookies delivered (quietly) late at night.

• If possible, book a suite with a fireplace and bring along the stockings to hang.

• You may not be able to pack up your kitchen and bring it with you, but you can still have a delicious holiday meal. Many hotels and lodges serve up all the seasonal favorites, like turkey, mashed potatoes, roasted pork and holiday desserts. Reserve a spot for dinner in advance so you don’t miss out on a home-style meal.

“Families don’t need to fear losing out on making special memories or feeling far from home while vacationing during the holidays,” says Phillip Cunningham, General Manager for Great Wolf Lodge New England, one of 11 indoor waterpark resorts nationwide that makes it a point to honor guests’ holiday traditions, and encourage new ones.

With this in mind, Great Wolf Lodge’s annual “Snowland” tradition speaks to that sentiment – the enchanted winter wonderland includes indoor snow showers, twinkling lights, life-size gingerbread houses and visits from Santa.

More information is available at http://www.greatwolf.com/snowland.

Home is where the heart is. So celebrate the season with your family -wherever you are.

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