Thursday, December 13, 2012

Advent Calendar: Holiday Travel

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past three years (2009, 2010, and 2011), and rather than simply re-post, I'm going to link to the older posts, and - when applicable - post about something else that's somewhat related.

The prompt for today is: December 13 – Holiday Travel
Did you or your ancestors travel anywhere for Christmas? How did you travel and who traveled with you? Do you remember any special trips?

Growing up, Christmas was always at our family home in Houston.  In 2006 through 2009, we went to Austin; to McKinney in 2010.  Last year we stayed home in Granbury, visiting some of my family at my brother's ranch near San Saba a few days after Christmas, and to Mark's daughter's in McKinney a few days after New Year's Day.  Still don't know yet what we will do this year.

We also started a new tradition last year:  a cruise out of Galveston, in the week after New Year's Day.  Last time it was on the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, January 8-15, 2012.  This time it's on the Disney Magic, January 4-12, 2013.

At left, is a view of the sunrise in the Caribbean on January 9, 2012, from our Mariner of the Seas "hump" cabin #9320 - in the part of the ship that protrudes to the side in the photo at right.

© Amanda Pape - 2012 - click here to e-mail me.

The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history 24 different ways during 24 days in December! Learn more at


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