My son has a rare condition called Schwartz-Jampel syndrome. He requires many trips to a children's hospital 4 1/2 hours away. That is really hard with 3 small kids! We always listen to Christmas music while we travel to and from the hospital regardless of the time of year. It just lightens the mood and we talk about all the things we want to do at Christmas time. We also stop at the McDonald's at the half way point home for milkshakes to treat ourselves for what is usually a long, stressful day. I am curious, what do you and your children do to keep these kinds of trips lighthearted?