I'm due November 17 with our second child. We live on the west coast and baby's grandparents and most aunts and uncles live in Colorado and central Midwest. I'm not sure I dare buy tickets for Christmas to fly with a 4-5 week old baby (possibly younger if it comes a bit late). The cheaper tickets from bigger airports would involve a 3 hour drive on either or both ends of the trip, possibly through bad weather at that time of year. Because of job situations I don't know if family will come here, perhaps, but no guarantees. We normally see them twice a year: Christmas and summer. Time off from work isn't a huge issue, my husband has a generous paternity leave and can work remotely if needed, but he doesn't want to be out/away from the office and his co-workers for huge extended amounts of time either, just for his own productivity's sake.
Another option is to try to do Christmas with immediate family in January or February, but might not be able to see as many great-grandparents, my aunts and uncles and cousins, etc.
We did a lot of activities and travel when our first was a newborn, but they didn't involve flying or winter weather, and family came to us and then we did the camping/traveling/etc together.
Any creative solutions for my situation?
Has anyone out there ever bought tickets for baby's first plane trip before baby is born?
What are your Christmas plans?