Families: Not Home For The Holidays

When the season gets stressful, smart people get going-- to ranches and resorts, islands and mountaintops--and by doing so start some fresh, new family traditions

Christmastime can be delightful. It can also be a nightmare for many, whatever their religion or beliefs. The challenge for those who wish to celebrate: to figure out ways to enjoy what's good about Christmas (time with loved ones, general festivity) while avoiding what is bad (too much shopping, too much food, too many expectations). One way to maximize the merriment, it turns out, is simply to leave home. Increasingly, families, nuclear and extended, are packing up their cars or boarding planes to escape to greener pastures, whiter beaches or snowier hills.

Why do they flee? While Americans enjoy Christmas more...

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