Christmas is going to suck again this year...suggestions please.
This isn't a post about being broke. Read on. :)
Last year the house were renting flooded on Christmas eve. The damage was pretty extensive and we had to move into a hotel (for several weeks). We spent the better part of Christmas day apart so dh could remain at the house to let the plumbers and other contractors in. Our Christmas meal came from Dennys because nothing else was open. My dd enjoyed opening her gifts, but knew it was not the same. She actually said it was the "worst Christmas ever."
This year we are moving cross country a few days after Christmas. However, the movers will be coming before and we'll spend Christmas day in a house with nothing in it. There's no point in putting up a tree that will be taken down before Christmas day and I'm hesitant to purchase a lot of gifts that we will have to haul with us since we will already be cramped for space. I don't really get into Christmas other than for my dd. Our families are on the other side of the country and stopping to visit along the way isn't really an option since I need to get to work at my new job as soon as possible.
Should I postpone Christmas and do a big set up, etc. once we are settled? (We will be living in a hotel until we find somewhere else to live after the move).
My dd is 9 and does not believe in Santa. She knows that Christmas is about family and not presents. I just hate the fact that last year's Christmas was ruined for her and this year she's leaving her friends, her school, and everything she has ever known behind. I want to do something special for her to soften the blow a little bit but I don't know what.