Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Blog Hop: A Ride Through Wonderland

I love the holidays and I'm excited to be part of R.J. Scott's Christmas Blog Hop. Of course there's a giveaway. And be sure to check R.J.'s blog for more great holiday posts and giveaways from your favorite authors.


I'm sharing photos of one of our family traditions. I'd love to hear about yours. Leave a comment with your email addy for a chance to win an ebook from my backlist.   


I know Christmas is weeks away but mine starts early. For our family, the holidays officially start on Thanksgiving, when us beach folks trade sun tan lotion for sleigh rides. This year we sat down to turkey dinner at Fagers Island in Ocean City Maryland and gave thanks that friends and family came through Hurricane Sandy safely. Then we all headed over to Northside Park to take the 12 minute tram ride through a Winterfestof Lights

Winterfest is a yearly celebration with millions of sparkling lights and an early visit with Santa Claus in his big heated tent. It's tough to describe the beautiful 50-foot Christmas tree and animated wonderland but a picture is worth a thousand words so I've posted some below.

There's still time to visit this spectacular display. It goes on from November 15th until January 1, 2013.Find out more here:

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!


Debby said...

That is amazing. Thanks for sharing
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Sharon S said...

What an awesome tradition you have. Happy Holidays to you and yours!


laurie said...

That is amazing. Thanks for sharing

Yvette said...

Thank you for sharing the traditions and photos.

Rissa said...

We have a light fest like that here in MI..we go every year, it's gorgeous! My favorite tradition with my family is going to chop down our own Christmas tree! Thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

Gregory Payne/Alex Carreras said...

Since I live on the water in Florida, I always attend the yearly boat parade on Sarasota Bay.It's never too cold and always festive. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

ellasmommy06 said...

We pretty much have a traditional Christmas day. Dinner with family on Christmas eve, Presents Christmas morning, then we hang out in our pajamas until lunch, and have more family over for dinner.
Thanks for participating!

Anonymous said...

Loved seeing the pictures. We always have family to us, easier that way - and gets my husbands mother and brother to have their annual meeting!!

Littlesuze at

Gale Stanley said...

Thanks to everyone for coming by. Alex, you're lucky to have warm weather all year round. We did get to walk the beach but dressed in sweats and jackets.
There's still time to enter the giveaway. I'll announce a winner on Monday. Good luck!

Urb said...

I love Christmas lights and decorations, thank you!

brendurbanist at gmail dot com

Jyl22075 said...

I love the pictures! Such amazing light displays. Here we have something similar that you drive thru. We usually try to go every year.

JYL22075 at gmail dot com

scottsgal said...

love the festive pics - we have some great streets around us that deck out each year
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Deb :o) said...

Wow that looks great! Thanks for sharing!

Deborah H

Unknown said...

For the last 46 years, I've spent Xmas Eve with my dad's family, but last month I moved 1000 miles away & will be missing the traditional lasagna dinner & shared laughter. Luckily my oldest brother & his kids live less than 2 hrs away from me now, so I will be starting new traditions.

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Rush said...

Hey Gale! As traditions go, we used to open our gifts in the morning then head off to visit first my mom's family then my dad's where we would all receive gifts at each house from various family members. It was a great time. Now that the gramps are gone, we spend the holidays with my sister, her daughter and my parents.
Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!


Anonymous said...

What a fabulous light display and a wonderful family tradition.
Growing up, my family of seven would have three kinds of baked frozen pies - custard, pumpkin and apple for the big holiday meal.

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Penumbra said...

We don't have a tradition for Christmas other than me decorating the tree :)


Tracey Steinbach said...

Great pictures! The lights are one of my favorite parts of Christmas.

nancy said...

Cool pictures! We have to drive around to find light displays.

bn100 said...

Nice pics. We decorate the tree together.


Gale Stanley said...

Thank you all for participating in this giveaway. My grandson gave me a random number and the winner was Yvette. Happy Holidays! Gale