Making it Home for the Holidays on Christmas Eve

By KBJR News 1

December 24, 2012 Updated Dec 26, 2012 at 5:49 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Sure, being anywhere other than among family and friends on Christmas Eve isn't ideal, but often being home for the holidays means having to play the waiting game at the airport.

For some, like Rice Lake, WI resident Brad Danczyk, there won't be any plane to board or person to greet; just an old friend to see off safely as she boards a flight to North Dakota, and the hope that Santa will remember a good deed.

"It's Christmas, and I figured I might as well be nice and give her a ride. She's always been there for me—a nice, good friend of mine," said Danczyk, after watching his friend board the flight.

For Pike Lake resident Gordon Butler, waiting at the airport means getting a chance to greet his daughter fresh off a flight from Boston.

"That's what Christmas is all about. This is what makes it fun for everybody," said Butler.

Most of Monday's flights were arriving and departing ahead of schedule, but Butler says it would've still been worth the wait with a delay.

"You bet, really worth it," said Butler, smiling.

And for others, like Susan Jessico, of Duluth, it doesn't matter when the plane arrives as long as it gets here safely—especially when your whole world is on board.

"This is Christmas, this is what Christmas is all about—having family. Summer has come to enjoy winter in Duluth," said Jessico, holding and kissing her 6-month-old granddaughter, Summer, who had just flown in with her parents from North Carolina.

According to AAA, over 80 percent of those traveling this holiday season are expected to make it to their destination on time.