Thursday, 29 November 2012

White Christmas in the Gulf

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One of my fondest memories of Christmas as a child was making an enormous caterpillar out of huge snowballs with my mom. We would gather ancient pieces of lava rock and use them for the eyes. Our neighbors would drive by slowly and yell out the window, asking us how long it took us to create this massive creature. We would then head out to the local winter festival, drink hot chocolate, and walk around the historic homes, decorated head to toe with ice cycle lights and moving reindeers.

It’s been quite a while since I enjoyed this type of Christmas experience. It may have been the season, or the fact that I was feeling melancholy, that we decided to take one of those outdoor vacations last year to the Gulf. I was longing to see something other than a palm tree, and my husky was jumping at the chance to leap in the snow, if there was any that is, lol. I needed an environment that would sooth the soul and calm every stressful thought and nerve I had. I wanted to see all the cabins and historic abodes drenched in colorful lights and smell the scent of baked cookies in the air. The Gulf coast is perfect for this type of experience.

Not only do you get to enjoy all of the Christmas fare, boutique shops, live entertainment and walkable streets all in the charming setting of a coastal small town, but you get to be a part of the rich local culture.

Holidays come alive during gulf coast festivals, where boats decorated with creative lights and streamers, float nearby during the Annual Christmas on the Water boat parade.

To top it all off, snowflakes and sugar plums transform the historic Depot District of Old Town Bay St. Louis into a Winter Wonderland. It’s enough to make you start singing white Christmas in the street, but that may just be the kid in me.

  This post is sponsored by Mississippi Gulf Coast Tourism.

 

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