Lehigh Valley Holiday Traditions

December 28th, 2011 posted by

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Christkindlmarkt 2011

I was having a little trouble getting into the holiday spirit this year so I was glad when Don’s sister Joan and her husband George decided to come up for a December weekend in Lehigh Valley. I’ve been talking about doing most of my Christmas shopping at Christkindlmarkt for years, so of course that would be on our agenda.

We planned on a leisurely dinner at home Friday night since it is a two hour drive from their home in New Jersey. Saturday we left our house relaxed and ready for a full day of activities. Christkindlmarkt was packed, but I have to say everyone was in good spirits, politely yielding to parents with strollers heading to have their children’s pictures taken with St. Nick. Joan was really impressed with the quality of the vendor’s crafts and left with quite a few bags of gifts.

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Tis’ The Season to be Jolly

December 14th, 2011 posted by

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Ugly Sweater

It’s that time of year folks, the time of cheer, the hustle and bustle of shopping, exchanging presents with friends and family….and looking at some folks only to smile and say “what the heck are they wearing?!” Yes, it’s time for ugly holiday sweaters! To help celebrate the holiday season and give people a night off from shopping and the hysteria, I host an Annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Bar Crawl.

This year was my second time hosting the annual ugly holiday sweater bar crawl (I know it’s a mouth full). This amazing event takes place on SouthSide Bethlehem where several of us frolic through the streets in what are sure to be the most hideous tops you’ve seen in a while.

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Holidays in the Valley

December 6th, 2011 posted by

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The Cast of Mooseltoe

Several years ago my wife and I started a holiday tradition in Lehigh Valley. We would spend a day visiting a new holiday themed attractions or events in the area. Over the last few years my wife’s family has joined us on our holiday experiences to Koziar’s Christmas Village, Christkindlmarkt and on a Bethlehem By Night Tour.

We decided to plan our 2011 holiday experience around a performance of MOOSELTOE at the Allentown Symphony Hall. This family friendly show told the story of a moose whose dream was to fly with Santa’s reindeer. It was a great way for 6 adults to start off our holiday excursion.

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Koziar’s Christmas Village is Sure to Bring a Smile

November 30th, 2011 posted by

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Koziar's Christmas Village

It was Black Friday. Most people would be out shopping until they drop. Not me though. I try to steer clear of stores that day. I did manage to muster up four generations (grandmother, mother, sister-in-law and niece) of my family to make a trek to Koziar’s Christmas Village though. From Allentown it took me a little less than an hour to get to Bernville, Pa., to see what has been dubbed “The Greatest Christmas Display in the U.S.A.”

On our drive through the countryside in the dark, we prepared ourselves by playing Christmas music. I was hoping that this trip was going to give me the holiday itch to get my butt moving on decorating and shopping. None of us had ever been to Koziar’s before so we had no idea what we were in for. As soon as we crested the last hill before hitting the place, all five of us had the Ahhhhhhhhhh moment. We were all amazed at this spectacular sight that we were about to embark on.

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