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An Unexpected Holiday Show
Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas, everyone.
I’m from the North East in the US and with the exception of my one year overseas in London I’ve always lived in the North East. So in my mind there are certain things that I associate with the holiday season; stockings hung by the chimney, temperatures in the 20s and 30s (fahrenheit not celsius), with a cold and brisk wind. The streets and ground covered with snow, along with the treetops and roofs of houses. We leave the house bundled in layers of warm clothing. We return to hot chocolate and furry socks, because Jack Frost would have nipped at our noses and toes. Carolers would knock on our door and sing with joy and red cheeks.
Nope not a Hallmark movie, just my childhood.
As a child, I would bake cookies with my mom and try to stay up to hear and see Santa and his reindeer. But for some reason, I never saw him, but the cookies and milk were always gone the next morning. I was so mad when my mom told me Santa wasn’t real, not so much because he was a beloved holiday figure, but because she ate all the cookies and didn’t share. Like many other North East children those are my typical feelings and memories associated with Christmas.
But this year I am having a very different experience entirely. My mom recently moved to Gulfport Mississippi (hence why you see articles about the Gulf Coast). I’m visiting her for the first time during the holiday season and her new Christmas experience is completely different from that of my childhood.
Her holiday season features temperatures in the 60s and sometimes all the way up to 75 degrees! So instead of snow, she has sand and instead of bundling up, we are taking off.
But we will still hang our stockings on the chimney with care (if we can find them in the still packed boxes marked “Christmas stuff”) and hope that Saint Nick will soon be there (I’m eating the cookies this year).
This southern city has it’s own take on the holidays. Last week we visited one of the most fun and amazing holiday experiences I’ve had in a long time; the “Gulf Harbor Lights Winter Festival”. This is a unique tradition that throws a little Gulf Coast attitude at the holiday Season. It’s jolly, festive, unexpected lights shine for miles.
You can walk through the light show or take a heated trolley. There are Elfie Selfie stations littered throughout the show. There are rides for kids, such as Santa’s Big Wheel, a Merry Go Round, and a Skyracer.
What may be the most fun is that instead reindeer Santa’s sleigh is now driven by gators and seahorses. Instead of staying traditional the sleigh is now made from shells with fish guiding Santa along in the water not through the snow.
Honestly, pictures don’t do this show justice, you can see a short video of the show here.
I do miss the cold, hot chocolate, and the smell of snow in the air, but this is a pretty awesome display that I’d never get in the much more traditional buttoned up North East. Palm Trees instead of pine trees, a lighthouse instead of a building. It’s the South, what do you expect? Even this proud North East snob has to admit the South has us beat on holiday fun. Have a safe and blessed holiday season!! Much more next year.