You won't end up eating an airport hotdog for dinner when your flight is delayed six hours, for one.More
What's more surreal than standing in the middle of an empty Times Square (or a deserted Michigan Avenue, or an abandoned Hollywood Boulevard)? Walking through a major tourist area on Christmas Day feels a bit like starring in your own personal post-apocalyptic movie, where the crowds have been mysteriously wiped out but every landmark remains intact. Grab a camera, round up some friends, and explore your nearest city like you own the place (which, on December 25th, you kind of do).
Maybe your family serves a glazed ham every year, and you've always wondered why Christmas paella isn't a thing, or you've found yourself re-watching Love Actually with your siblings for the past ten Christmas Eves, despite only caring about one plotline (the aging rocker and his manager, obviously).
Putting a little distance between yourself and your family at this time of year lets you think about the traditions you'd like to keep, the ones you'd rather lose, and the ones you can start. If you feel like spending the holidays hiking or tearing up your local karaoke bar, do it! And if you've always wanted a traditional Christmas or Hanukkah, there's no one to stop you from inviting your friends over for a night of cookie decorating or latke frying.