A hotel holiday: Pa. families displaced by Hurricane Ida on what it’s like spending the holidays away from home
Donte Taylor plays video games while his mom, Courtney Ryan, checks on her dogs, holding her 10- month-old-son, Kingston Taylor. - Thomas Hengge/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

PHILADELPHIA — Virginia Tharp stood in the back of the conference room at the Hammock Inn & Suites in Exton, smiling as she watched 5-year-old Avayah Harris belt “Jingle Bells” into the microphone. “Sing it baby girl!” cheered Tharp, 47. Tharp closed her eyes and smiled, and for just a moment, everything felt normal. But then she opened them, and remembered where she was — a hotel. Otherwise known as her family’s home for the last four months. Tharp and her five children are some of the 49 people from 22 Chester County families who’ve lived at the Hammock Inn since their homes were destroyed a...