The end of the year always brings about a flurry of activities, starting with what has become my annual Yuletide trip to the Orlando theme parks.
From park to park I go in search of the Christmas spirit. This year I found it inside Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure where the icky-green Grinch tried to steel Christmas from the Whos. I love this show and meeting the Grinch in person afterwards was the highlight of my visit to Universal Orlando.
To be fair, over at Universal Studios the Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s is certainly not to be dismissed.
The big wow factor here however was the new holiday show that Universal Studios projected nightly on the walls of Hogwarts castle. The show was part of the Christmas in The Wizarding World, which also included an adapted show of Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees who put the song “My Baby Gave Me a Hippogriff for Christmas” into my head for days!
Usually Epcot is my favorite theme park during the holiday season, but this year I really felt that Disney’s Hollywood Studios conveyed the holiday spirit best. You will never look at the Tower of Terror the same way and I loved to see that even umbrellas were all decked out for the season!
Back in Birmingham I enjoyed the holiday party that the homeowner association organized at my new home. It was a nice way to meet my new neighbors, who like me, enjoyed the very musical Santa that stopped by for the occasion.
Early in the month the city came to a standstill as an unusual heavy snowfall brought about a snow day. Having experienced real Northeastern living in New York I still smile when two inches of snow shut down an entire city. I do realize however that it is such rare an occasion that the city acquiring snowplows would be a waste of my tax dollars.
Soon it will be time for my annual trip to New York City. Time to get ready!