We have a standing invitation to go to Hawaii for Christmas, but since the plane tickets are so expensive, we are probably heading to my favorite bed and breakfast in the North Georgia mountains for three days or so after Christmas.
It won't be quite the same as exploring Hawaii, but it will save us between $1000 and $2000 so it really seems like a good decision.
I firmly believe that everyone should try and get out of the house and away from their lives at least a couple of times each year. It helps you reset and gives you personal time with your loved ones that you might not otherwise get.
It doesn't have to be pricey. Try looking for locations of natural beauty near home, or find a really great hotel, spa or bed and breakfast to spend a couple of days at. You don't have to fly for five hours to go on vacation.... you just have to get out of the area code.
I personally will look as forward to log fires, great views and giant bath tubs as I would to volcanoes and beaches. It's not necessarily about where, but about why I'm going and who I'm going with.
A break is a break, regardless of how far away you go.