Sunday, December 23, 2007

A Starling Tradition

Every Christmas for the last 4 years, when have taken a trip to Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville to view the lights and decorations in the hotel as well as taking a chilly walk through the ICE show. Well since we have moved, I thought that this tradition would need to be replace with a new one, but that is not the case. This afternoon we were able to keep our tradition going by attending the ICE attraction at the Gaylord Palms in Oralndo and then strolling through the hotel, enjoying the lights and music. I will say that it was a little strange to bundle up in a parka to walk through an exhibit that was a chillin 9 degrees and then afterward look out the hotel window to view a pool full of people swimming. A little tropical, but still an awesome site to see, 2 million pounds of Ice, sculpted and created into a wonderful winter wonderland. Everything you see is carved from ice.

My favorite attraction besides the ice slide, was the train. It was really neat, the way you could walk through the train.

Looks good enough to eat!

My honey and I

So, our family tradition carries on.

While we were at the Gaylord Palms, we searched the 4.5 acre atrium for 20 Gnomes, that were cleverly hidden throughout the resort. We were given 10 clues to where we could find 10 of the 20. This Gnome was frozen inside a block of ice located inside the ICE attraction. By the way, did you know that in many Scandinavian countries, it is believed that a holiday gnome lives hidden under your house and at Christmas time he emerges carrying a sack of presents over his shoulder. I think that searching for the Gnomes was just as much fun for Phillip and I, as it was for the kids.

1 comment:

Dana said...

I'm glad you got to carry on your tradition. We went to ICE in Nashville this year, but yours looks a little cooler. I didn't like the Grinch theme in Nashville. My favorite was a few years ago when it looked like you were walking through an outdoor winter wonderland. Glad you had great family time!