Our preparation included a 'baf' for all of Ryder's stuffed creatures. The first 2 minutes they were in the wash, it was fun to watch them spin round and round, but before long they invoked a few tears. Sometimes it's just hard to be patient.
Tuesday we headed to the airport for a day of travel. The blowup Santa plane sitting by our gate was a huge attraction while waiting to board.
Thankfully, we had a third empty seat between us on both legs of the journey and Ryder traveled like a champ.