CHRISTMAS VACATION

Every year around this time I wonder what it would be like to go on a big vacation at Christmas. I think it would be special to visit a new city during the season that is famous for love and good cheer. I’m sure if you were to go back to the same place any other time of year the city would leave a different impression. Christmas lights act as a sort of face lift for communities everywhere. Suddenly what was dull is sparkling and illuminated. The eye is drawn away from imperfections toward the brightest beauty. After drooling over social media posts from all over the world, here is a list of places I hope to someday spend my Christmas vacation. 

New York, New York

When I was in high school I got to go on vacation with a family to babysit their kiddos. Here’s the best part… it was in New York City at Christmas! Sign me up, right? These particular parents adored their kids so we visited the Statue of Liberty, saw the best Broadway shows, and even went on a horse drawn sleigh ride. I experienced nothing but the purest of New York City magic.  Now, I’m hopelessly in love with a city I’ve only visited once. It was love at first sight indeed. I’ll be going back to NYC in April for a bachelorette party but nothing beats NYC at Christmas. I want to see the Rockefeller Center tree and go ice skating. I want frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity (after taking 4 lactaid pills). I’d also like to see the Radio City Rockettes perform their Christmas show. Can you tell there is simply too much to do in one trip? That’s why people go back again and again.

Paris, France

First of all, I’d visit Paris any day of the year without complaint. If it rained the whole time we were there I’d still feel fine as frog hair split three ways to see the Eiffel Tower and eat Laudurée’s famous macarons on the lawn. That being said, I’ve seen some envy-inducing photos from Paris at Christmas including the glittering Eiffel Tower that looks an awful lot like a giant Christmas tree. They don’t call it “The City of Lights” for nothing. I’d go Christmas shopping in Paris. Can you imagine? I would gorge myself on champagne and pastry a la Marie Antoinette. No need to sweeten the deal, Paris! I’m coming for you no matter what.

London, England

This is another city that I could visit in poor weather and feel like I just won Miss America. Which is lucky for me since London is famous for dreary weather. I’ll have to make a few sacrifices for the trip and buy a deliciously British Burberry trench coat and “wellies” aka rain boots. Does anyone else have a different dream wardrobe picked out for every location? Regardless, the pictures I’ve seen of London look like the entire city is decorated for Christmas. There is an upside down Christmas tree at Claridge’s that defies both logic and gravity. Cartier wraps the store up in a velvety red bow to look like an enormous gift… and I mean… isn’t it? Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. I’d be on cloud nine to shop for Christmas gifts on Portobello Road or ice skate at Somerset House. Last but certainly not least I would visit Warner Bros. studios to see the Harry Potter film exhibits. Merry Christmas to me. Look out, London. You’re on the list!

Hawai’i

I wanted to add somewhere tropical to the list because the other 3 are definitely cold weather cities at Christmas. Sitting on a breathtaking beach with a drink in your hand is always a good idea. I want to visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation in O’ahu. My aunt said that pineapple tastes incredible there so if I went I’d have to promise to bring her a case back with me. I would most like to see all the natural wonders that Hawai’i has to offer. I’d be slightly terrified the entire time but I would go 4 wheeling in O’ahu where they filmed “Jurassic Park”. I have decided that in lieu of classic Christmas carols I would listen exclusively to Bing Crosby’s “Mele Kalikimaka” for the entire trip.

I’ve got it all planned out, people. All that’s left to do is win the Power Ball. For now, I’m happy to enjoy a tender Tennessee Christmas with my husband but I’m excited to see what the future holds for the Kiblers. We’re always up for an adventure and Christmas is one of the most magical times of year to travel. What about you? If you could spend Christmas in any city, where would you go? Tell me in the comments. Update: Only 33 more people needed to get to 100 and do a giveaway. My readers (friends and family) are the BEST!

Until next time,

Carly

 

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