Today is the first day of winter break for all the schoolchildren here. They get two and a half weeks off from school and do not have to report back until January 4. That is a very long time to be out of school.
I don’t remember ever having longer than a week off for Christmas, If I had kids with that much time off I would plan a nice long vacation out of town. That is long enough to go someplace warm for several days and then also head north and spend Christmas with the family in Maryland and Virginia without having to dash back home so the kids don’t miss any school. When I was a kid we did go to Florida for Disneyworld and visiting grandparents, but it was always a very long drive home, straight through for 20 hours on a Sunday, so we could be home in time for school again on a Monday.