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Living on the Oregon Coast has been an interesting experience. There's a lot that I expected and a few things that I didn't. One thing I didn't expect is that it can be a bit hard to get into the Christmas spirit. Here it is, the first day of December and it feels like Spring. We have flowers that are about to bloom in our yard. The coldest it's been is about 40, and I've been contemplating how to make rain boots work appropriate.
I want to apologize to all of you who are reading this after digging yourself out of deep frozen snow...I'm a big jerk, I know.
Anywho.... There are some of us, who don't live in a winter wonderland and long for something a bit more festive for the holidays. So, here is a list of places you can go to get that perfect Christmas feeling.
Stay in a glass thermal igloo, go on a sled ride pulled by reindeer or huskies, see the northern lights, and visit Santa's house and Santa Claus Village and finish the day gazing at stars as you warm up with a giant cup of cocoa. Bring your snow shoes and a sense of adventure! Finland is known as Europe's Christmas Capital, so you can't go wrong on this one!
2. New York City
Nuremberg hosts a world famous Christmas market, and they are serious about it. There are 200 vendors and they only allow one of a kind gifts to be sold...no mass produced plastic crap here, only the best! Enjoy a hot glass of mulled wine, and ride on a giant wooden carved Ferris wheel, and stroll around this beautiful city and enjoy a one of kind Christmas experience.
New York does everything bigger, and Christmas is no exception. There's decked out trees around every corner, ice skating, and the best shopping in the world to get you in the gift giving mood. If you like your holidays with a bit of glamor, NYC is the place to be.
3. Nuremberg, Germany
It would be hard to have a disappointing Christmas in the City of Lights. Between the lights, the carousels, the shopping, and the food...you're bound to be feeling a bit more festive!
5. Santa Claus, Indiana
Yes, this is a real place, a real town, and available for Christmas celebrations year round. There's a Santa museum, a Christmas Candy Castle, a holiday world theme park. Basically, they're crazy for Christmas here, no scrooges allowed. If you can't get in the Christmas spirit here, than all hope is lost for you!
Where's your favorite place to spend the holidays? With family, on a warm beach somewhere, skiing?
No matter where you spend the holidays this year, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving and that you have a happy rest of 2014!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz