Since we moved down to NC (from MI), my husband and I have spent the holidays by ourselves. We usually leave our MI trip to the week before the 4th of July since we drive, and driving in June is better than in November or December.
Last year we both wished we could have gone to MI for Emily's first Christmas, but we couldn't afford it. We aren't going back this holiday season either, but we are spending Thanksgiving with family.
My aunt and uncle live in GA - only 3 1/2 hours away. And they have 4 kids (my cousins), and my cousins have several kids who are Emily's age.
We think it's important that Emily spend time with family when possible. I'm looking forward to it!