The holidays are always magical and exciting for children, but let's face it: they are downright agonizing for parents. The ever increasing cost of airfare and gas makes planning and budgeting for the holidays an added stress storm, but mapping out visits to both sides of the family can feel like a hurricane.

Do you prefer to forgo the monotony of home, pack up all your travel gear, toys and activities and head to visit family, or do you like having them come to you (after you clean every nook and cranny of the house, obviously!)?

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