Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christmas around Tampa

The notion of a white Christmas and chestnuts roasting over an open fire has a romantic aspect until you are bundled up beyond recognition to battle the cold.  Take away the bitter wind and snowy sidewalks and embrace the warmth and equally as stunning Christmas lights, fun and celebration right here in the Tampa Bay region.  It's all about family, friends, reaching out and coming over to share in this joyous season.

Santa trades in his sleigh for watercraft in Dunedin, Clearwater, St. Pete, Treasure Island, & other waterfront communities around us and parades of boats cast sparkles on the waters from myriad lights on deck and along the rigging.   He also can be found in malls and Christmas parades.   Walking the beach in search of shells and little treasures to be crafted into Christmas ornaments is a common holiday tradition in these parts, along with decorating palm trees and outdoor activities, like:
106th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade - Balboa Island

The Nights of Shimmering Lights is a must-see, drive through the lights in Dover, FL.    More than a million LEDs encase the driving path with all sorts of characters and light statues along the way. It's a delight for all ages, and admission is by the carload. After the drive join other merry people at the Christmas Village for a bite to eat and spot of shopping.

If you are hosting family and friends -- like those from colder climates who do not wish to bundle up beyond recognition every time they step outside -- then plan your events and activities accordingly. Thanks to the British, we have eggnog, and thanks to the Germans, there are candy canes.  There's the old fruitcake joke that there are just a handful of them going around each year because no one really eats fruitcake, but the fact is that fruitcake [credit the ancient Romans] is chock-full of goodness. 

When all the company leaves, you may find such a mess of gift wrap and boxes and trash that you need to call Bin There Dump That for a small Tampa dumpster rental to clean up quick.   It's the easy way to get rid of junk right from the comfort of your own home and start the new year with a clean, tidy, trash-free home and yard.   They deliver, offer weekend service, can help with questions, are residential friendly, take care of your driveway during placement a & pick it all up on your schedule.  Call for Holiday specials!

The weather is of little consequence at Christmas. It's what is in your heart that is The Heart of Christmas. Merry Christmas!

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