I will be retiring in two years. My DH and I have talked about how nice it would be to take extended trips (12-14 nights) to WDW each year. One of our favorite times to go is right before Christmas. We also love WDW in the fall, so we will probably alternate between December and October/November each year, using an AP to get two trips in before it expires. I'm starting to have second thoughts about going before Christmas though. Two weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas would cause us to be away from home and family for much of the holiday season. We would only get to enjoy our own Christmas tree for a short time. That makes me a little sad actually. It's such a great time points-wise though. We are getting ready to add on some points at BRV in the very near future, which I think is the most beautiful resort at Christmas. Of course, I would enjoy it any time of the year (except summer!). Do any of you go for extended trips around Christmas? Do you like that time of year? How do you deal with being away from family during the holiday?