With the personal tragedy that we had in our lives a few weeks ago, I knew that I wanted to make Christmas extra special this year. How though, I wasn’t sure. While I love watching the kids open lots of presents on Christmas morning, I do believe that the best presents aren’t ones that fit under the tree; the best presents are the time spent together while making memories that we’ll share. Finally, an idea dawned on me. What if I surprised the kids with a cultural, educational, and fun overnight trip to downtown to celebrate Christmas in Portland?
Living just over an hour away from Portland makes it easy to sneak away for an overnight excursion. While we travel to Portland for special occasions, heading in to what my kids think is a ‘big city’ is still a very unique experience that the small town life we have in the heart of the Willamette Valley. I began searching for ideas of things that we could all do together. I looked for things that we hadn’t done, that would give us a variety of experiences so that hopefully, everyone would enjoy at least something.