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Christmas Traditions January 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Travel & Leisure.

Since my sister’s daughters were both in England over Christmas, my sister and her husband headed to Mississippi to spend Christmas with his family.

Instead of spending Christmas “Home Alone” . . . BFF and I packed our bags and headed to the “other coast” of Florida for a few days.

Staying in a high-rise on the beach didn’t feel like a “traditional Christmas,” but we did enjoy a few “Ho-Ho-Ho” moments . . . like riding the hotel elevator on Christmas Eve with a white-bearded guy carrying a Santa costume (who was probably headed to Cocoa Beach for the Surfing Santas event, but who wished to remain incognito):

“Hey, you look like Santa!”

“Shhhh . . .”

Note to readers:  NEVER argue with Santa on Christmas Eve!

The day before, after a happy (and delicious) Happy Hour at the Chart House, I snapped a shot of Santa’s eight tiny (champagne cork) reindeer . . . who did NOT insist on remaining incognito.

On Christmas Eve, our dinner plans evaporated when we arrived at Coasters for dinner in the Biergarten and found it had closed 2 hours too soon to suit us.

Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans. 

Plan B ~> take out from “No. 1 Chinese Restaurant” . . . because nothing says Christmas like Lo Mein, Egg Rolls, Crispy Noodles, and Fortune Cookies served up on paper plates.

Ah . . . so!  Laughing

On Christmas Day, before checking out of the hotel, we enjoyed coffee on the balcony while checking out the waves.

On our way home, via Orlando, we stopped at Disney Springs for lunch ~ take out from Bongos Cuban Cafe to enjoy lakeside.

Black Beans and Rice . . . that’s nice!

Look!  Up in the sky . . . it’s a bird.  It’s a plane.  It’s a balloon full of hot air!

After lunch, we wandered the shops . . .

Admiring a-moose-ing decorations . . .

We also toured the Christmas Tree Trail, full of all things Disney . . .

Hats off to my favorite Alice-in-Wonderland themed tree . . .

A few days after Christmas, we headed back to Orlando for a belated Christmas celebration with my sister’s family.

Instead of scones on arrival, we ate granola bars en route.  Instead of a traditional Christmas dinner (with Yorkshire pudding), we had pizza.  Instead of a garlanded Christmas tree guarding piles of presents, we piled our beribboned packages on an end table in front of the fire.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas . . . 

So, even though our Christmas traditions got tossed asunder this year to accommodate life’s changes . . . we found, just like the Grinch, that “somehow it came, it came just the same.”

Plus, we loved Plan B so much that ordering Chinese take-out on Christmas Eve might become our NEW Christmas Eve tradition!

Aah . . . that’s better!

What are your favorite Christmas traditions?  Did you start any NEW ones this year?