Friday, 2 January 2015

Why I Don't Want Holidays to Last Forever

I know it sounds a bit strange.  Why on earth would I not want a glorious family holiday to last forever?! It's got nothing to do with jet lag or extremely cranky kids after a long haul flight (currently our situation) but more to do with appreciating the good things in life and what makes them so good.

As sad as I was to leave Antigua yesterday and that our holiday had come to an end, I was ready to get back to reality and was actually looking forward to the same old routine. It might be same old, but it's our routine, and we love it. Kids thrive on adventure and exploration but they also thrive on routine and security. Familiar surroundings and familiar things keep them grounded.
For us, holidays are a special family time where we all let our hair down, relax and have fun.  It's like a really delicious chocolate cake you treat yourself to once in a while - if you had it every day your taste buds would get too accustomed to it's deliciousness and the appreciation would start to fade (eventually). 
A holiday is not really an insight into life in that specific country, it's a little bubble of happiness where time is suspended.  The grass is not necessarily greener on the other side, it's just different. As much as I moan about the British weather, we love our home, we love the cold, we even love the rain (sometimes) and it makes us appreciate a fabulous beach holiday once in a while for what it is - a break from our happy norm. It refreshes and re-energises us often giving us a new perspective on our lives once we return home. 

But most important of all, it means time together as a family which is priceless.
Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! Wishing you lots of love, health and happiness this year (and hopefully a holiday or two!) x



  1. I couldn't agree more Xandi. Holidays are perfect because they are just that....a holiday, a break from the norm. But I wouldn't change our everyday for anything, I'm always thankful to come home :) Happy New Year to you too x x

  2. Happy New Year! It sounds like you had a great holiday, and appreciated every minute of it, but you're right, they can't last forever. It's better in some ways to find happiness in the day to day, I think it gives more satisfaction in life Zx

  3. AAAhhh this is spot on. That little bubble of happiness where time is suspended. I love it and there is definitely such a thing as staying for too long. Antigua looks amazing. We have considered going there for our trip in May, still not quite sure though. :)

  4. I always love coming home too (although not too soon)! There's nothing like sinking into your own bed and pillows after lovely quality time away from the day to day stresses and strain is there? Happy new year lovely lady xx

  5. What beautiful pictures. How I wish to be at a beach right now! But yes you are so right kids love adventure and exploring but also thrive on routine. Both are so important. I love that beach photo so much! Wishing the same to you and your family Lots of happiness for 2015 x

  6. I love going on holidays but there is just something about 'home sweet home' xo

  7. This is so true, couldn't agree more. I think we appreciate the holidays and our homes all the more because they don't x Happy New Year :)


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