Even before the calendar flipped to December, my family and I were already all sparklejollytwinklejingley for Christmas during Thanksgiving. Thanks to the Straz Center, my family and I experienced the joy and magic of Christmas a little early with the help of our favorite elf and star of Elf The Musical, Buddy.
And speaking of elves, a funny little Elf on the Shelf found a home in our tree on the first day of December.
I know what you’re thinking. I swore I would never buy one because I said these elves symbolize everything that is wrong with Christmas, not to mention how incredible creepy, clown-like, Chuckie-wannabe these elves are. Therefore, this holiday I’ll be eating humble pie instead of Christmas pie which is best served cold because this little North Pole transplant likes the cold. Don’t judge me because there will be more photos like these.
Giggles went for a joyride.
The next he snapped some photos of the tree.
On Friday evening, we visited Christmas Town more than once. My family and I once again experienced the wonder of Christmas with the help of Busch Garden’s Christmas Town. The wondrous icy sensation of Snow World melted our hearts, but the truly heart-stopping, good cheer happened for me at Cheetah Hunt. Nothing beats humming and singing a happy Christmas tune just before you’re catapulted into the atmosphere at high speed.
Santa baby, slip a sable under the tree, for me
I’ve been an awful good girl
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney to…..NIGHAAAAAAAAAA! OH MY GOD!
However, while stopping Snow World at Busch Garden’s Christmas Town, we witnessed a travesty. As my girls and I waited patiently in line to play in the snow, we watched two pre-teen boys beat the living ice cubes out of Frosty the Snowman. The bad boys ripped off Frosty’s broomstick arms and beat him repeatedly until his head broke off. As Frosty’s poor decapitated head lay helplessly on the ground, his attackers ripped off his carrot nose and violently stabbed him in the neck with his own nose.
I couldn’t believe the horrible scene unfolding in front of us. “For love of God! Stop beating Frosty! All he ever wanted to do was wish everyone a ‘Happy Birthday’.” Then, my girls chimed in to shout at the cruel children. “Leave Frosty alone!”
Good Lord. I can never look at a snowman the same way. It will take years to heal from this and just when I finally could look at clowns and dolls without cringing. And while we’re compiling a list of creepy creature, add living statue angels to the list.
Then, my girls and I enjoyed one more Christmas moment when we visited the Tampa Theater for The Muppet Christmas Carol. I had never seen the movie before so the film was a first for all of us. Michael Caine played the perfect Scrooge.
Stay tuned for more posts to follow about each of these wonderful Christmas events!
Does it feels like Christmas or does the thought of Christmas having you cringing? Are you in the Christmas mood yet or are you a Scrooge?
What Christmas music is moving you this season?