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D e ce m b e r FU N FACTS 2 Million lbs. of Ice cold fun

ICE! at Gaylord Palms resort is Florida’s favorite frigid Christmas tradition, with over 20,000 square-feet of frosty 9-degree bliss played out in a winter wonderland of exciting hand-carved sculptures. And this year it’s really all that it’s cracked up to be, featuring two-story tall ice slides carved entirely from TWO MILLION pounds of ice. ICE! is hand carved by 40 artisans from Harbin, China and this year’s attraction is based on the classic holiday movie, A Christmas Story. And while you may feel a chill in the air, you will also feel warmth in your heart as you create wonderful family memories.

6.4 calories

6,000 ornaments

The Capitol Christmas Tree will be decorated this year with approximately 6,000 ornaments reflecting the rich cultural and natural diversity of our great nation. The ornaments this year have been designed by artists and crafters of all ages from the state of Oregon. On December 5th House Speaker Paul Ryan will be joined by students from Oregon to light the tree. The tree will remain lit until the 2nd of January. The Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition for 54 years, beginning in 1964. To learn more about the “People’s Tree,” visit the official Capitol Christmas Tree site at www.capitolchristmastree.org.

December 25, 2018

Mistletoe, holly, poinsettias and Christmas trees are all plants associated with the decorations of Christmas. But the mistletoe is a true favorite with sweethearts everywhere. Kissing under the mistletoe is from a Greek festival tradition, and according to scientists, kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute.

The weather outside may not be frightful, but Christmas in Florida can be SO delightful. With warm breezes and swaying palms, and an average high temperature of 72°, Tampa Bay is the ideal location to celebrate the season. This month we have found some pretty unique ways for families to celebrate the season, with our 25 sights of Christmas.

6 Facts about Hanukkah 1. Hanukkah is a Jewish festival that lasts for 8 days and nights 2. Hanukkah always starts on the 25th of Kislev 3. It takes 44 candles all together to observe all the nights of Hanukkah 4. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Jerusalem temple by Judah Maccabee in 165 B.C. 5. Fried foods are associated with the holiday, since it was oil that kept the sacred fire burning 6. This year Hanukkah will begin at sundown on December 2nd.

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