Monday, December 16, 2013

Advent Calendar: Christmas Travel

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past four years (2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012), but this year, there are some new prompts, and the sequence has changed for some old prompts used in previous years.  For the latter, in some cases I'll simply re-post, while in others, I will link to the older posts, and - when applicable - post about something else that's at least somewhat related.

The prompt for today is:  December 16 – Christmas Travel. 

“Over the river and through the woods” as the song goes . . . Christmas time can often mean travel home or meeting up with family at a special destination. Do you remember traveling back home for Christmas? Were there any trips that standout in your memory? What methods of travel have you used to make the trip home?  Tell us about your Christmas travel and your memories of Christmases past.

Growing up, Christmas was always at our family home in Houston.  In 2006 through 2009, we went to Austin; to McKinney in 2010.  In 2011 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.  In 2012, we went to Austin for Christmas and the day after.  We usually travel by car.

In the first full week of the new year 2014, though, we will go on a cruise.  This will be the third January cruise for us.  Here are a couple holiday-related photos from our trip last year.

Above:  The Christmas tree outside the Hotel Galvez in Galveston, January 3, 2013.

Left:  A holiday decoration in Cozumel, Mexico, on January 9, 2013.  Rough seas caused us to miss a port of call, Costa Maya, earlier that day, so we arrived in Cozumel the evening before we were supposed to arrive.  Our ship (the Disney Magic last year) docked at the Punta Langosta pier downtown, so it was very easy to walk off the ship and right into the plaza where I snapped this (rather blurry) photo before we had authentic Yucatan specialties at Casa Denis.  Breathless had Cochinita Pibil (Mayan pork) and I had sopa de lima, a soup made with a mixture of fresh vegetables and chicken which has been marinated in lime juice.

© Amanda Pape - 2013 - 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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