With remote work, the holidays are longer. Is that a good thing?

He arrived in the Northeast on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and will be staying with his father for two weeks. “In theory, going home is fabulous, it’s restful, it’s grounding,” he said. “But I can’t forget that after a week I’m going to be at home in my kid’s room arguing with my dad because I left the coffee on the pot too long.”

He hopes this stay will inspire his family to be more creative in celebrating the holidays in the future. “I’m working on my dad and sister to see if they want to go to Big Bear and get a cabin for Christmas,” he said, referring to the Southern California vacation town. “We are in this strange transitional moment.”

Spending just a few days with his mom in Hilton Head, SC over Thanksgiving would feel strange for Eric Sedransk given that he was living with her for six months during the pandemic. “The whole paradigm has shifted, where now of course you expect to stay longer,” he said. “That length is becoming the new normal.”

He can’t even imagine what he used to do on vacation. “I had a job that required me to work in an office, so I was always trying to think about how I could get a direct flight and how I could get home and back without an absolute disaster,” he said. “Holidays always felt too expensive, too rushed and too stressful.”

Now Mr. Sedransk, 38, who lives in Bend, Oregon and runs Member for a Day, a charity platform where organizations auction golf experiences, spends at least two months with his mother. He arrived before Thanksgiving and planned to stay after Christmas.

They still plan on making all of their holiday traditions, including “the biggest bowl of mashed potatoes on earth,” he said. But he’s not sure the actual vacation will feel all that special because his journey is so long. “The actual Thanksgiving day, because I’ve already spent two weeks in advance with my mom, may not be the same,” he said.

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