December 12-15 we rent an Airbnb in Charlotte for an early East Coast Christmas. We take our time driving to Charlotte, using two full days. No need to make a mad dash!
The Airbnb home is about 15 minutes from Paul and Kara, and easy walking distance to at least six restaurants. Mary and George drive down from Richmond and arrive an hour or so before William and I roll in. The three bedroom home has been modestly updated since it was built in the 1950’s. Some of the floors sag a bit, but the place is clean and comfortable - perfect for our needs.
On Saturday we are able to meet up with Kara’s Mom and Step-Dad at a local brewery for their annual Christmas market. It’s a sunny 55-degree afternoon which makes it pleasant to sit outside, talk, drink a few beers and walk through the booths selling goods and foods.