Everyone has their own idea of the perfect holiday celebration. Many of us lean towards the traditional ideals of a big warm house, a crackling fire, lights and bows everywhere, lots of food, and of course, loved ones all around.
But as the full-time RV lifestyle continues to grow in popularity, the tide is shifting. The unconventional is becoming mainstream, and that includes holiday celebrations. When you spend Christmas in an RV, it may seem a bit odd at first, especially if you’re used to the traditional. But that doesn’t mean your Christmas can’t be awesome. This is an opportunity to create even better memories and make new traditions. We’ll show you how.
The RV community is a surprisingly close-knit one, especially here at Alvin RV. To help make holiday memories special, get to know your RV hosts, neighbors, and those around the RV campground. The fact that we’re all living the lifestyle, even if it’s just temporarily, is an instant icebreaker and a great way to bond with new friends.
A New Way to Decorate
One amazing part of spending Christmas away from home is decorating. This is especially true when choosing a good Christmas tree – and yes, you can have a full-size tree in your RV, if you so choose. HOWEVER, many RVers love to completely do up the outside of their RV and their campsite. You can most definitely fit a full-size tree outside; that way, all of your neighbors can admire it.
Outside your RV, the sky is literally the limit to your decorating prowess! Just make sure to follow any guidelines and/or restrictions of the RV Campground. String up tons of lights, scatter that fake snow, adorn with wreaths, put up festive blow-up decorations. Hang stockings wherever they may fit. There are so many ways to get creative with your outdoor and indoor space.
And if you’re really ambitious, paper your entire RV in wrapping paper to look like a giant gift! Yes, it can be done, as long as you don’t plan on moving your RV during the holidays. Don’t have a lot of space to store your decorations? Visit your local thrift shop or Dollar Store for all of your decorations and then donate them back to charity once the holidays are over.
Get Creative with Your Gifts
Living in a tight space with loved ones means you’re going to have to get creative with hiding your gifts to them. Make the most of those empty basement storage areas or nooks and crannies that don’t get used. Join in or arrange a gift-giving exchange or Secret Santa affair, or a White Elephant exchange with your RV neighbors. It’s another great way to get to know them.
What to Do on the Big Day
One of the best things about the holidays “on the road” is meeting new people from all over the country and even the world. On Christmas Day, get together with others at the RV Park, or host your own dinner. Make it a pot luck affair – you could rent and set up tables in your outdoor space to decorate and eat your dinner together. Your RV kitchen may seem impossibly small, but because everyone is contributing to the feast, you will have to do very little cooking yourself.
The holidays can be extra special in your RV if you make it so! It’s all about creating new traditions, new memories, and best of all, new friends.