That was a survey question years ago and I was surprised at the number of respondents that said “NO.” The same question could be asked this year not in terms of money but health and safety.
Note that the question referred to that ONESPECIFIC DAY. It wasn’t like you would give up seeing them forever for 10K. For me it was a no brainer. Heck yes! Look what I could do for my family with that money. If I wanted to splurge, I could even take them all to Paris on some alternate date and be very “thankful” for the opportunity.
I checked with DH and our children and they agreed with me. They didn’t think I would be abandoning them for money. Maybe our response was influenced by the fact that my father-in-law always had to work on Thanksgiving. The following weekend was “their” Thanksgiving regardless of when the country celebrated.
Then there’s the conflicting family traditions when children leave home and start their own families. If extended family live in different states, decisions must be made.
There have always been different challenges and stressors in our lives.
This cartoon notes one of them in lighthearted way.
The sad part is that I’ve saved it from a magazine in the 1970s!
That survey memory was triggered by a recent article
“Getting Rid of the Holiday Travel Calendar” (link at the end)
It seems that COVID has prompted a lot of rethinking of what’s really important. Is it about celebrating a particular defined day or do we just want to BE together with family and friends sometime, somewhere, somehow?
2020 has been stressful enough without the added health uncertainty of a multigenerational family group in close quarters indoors in the winter.
While we remain hopeful, it may be a long time before normal travel and family gatherings return.
Perhaps even “Christmas in July?” We did that when DH returned from Vietnam. That was a stressful year too.
Just before my cousin’s birthday I advised her to skip a family birthday party. Better to focus on staying alive for next year’s celebration. She was still attending rehab sessions for her back. They were really helping and she felt great. Until she didn’t. She died just before Easter.
Stay safe, stay well.
Hmm, Spark will not allow me to post the link (too long perhaps?)
If interested just google
"the case for getting rid of the holiday travel calendar"