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Twas' the Night Before Christmas Town.​
By Nora Marien​
December 20, 2009​

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

 

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You didn't know that monks love bedazzled robes?

Great trip report Nora! (Like always)
 
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This story almost made me cry. It was really good. I had emailed BGW a couple of times telling them they should do something for Christmas and when I went to see it my eyes filled with tears to. I know my grandpa usually doesn't care for the park much because he goes very often because my grandma works there but he told me when he first saw ChristmasTown he couldn't get enough of it and he loved it soo much. I loved the smores but the snickerdoodle cookie was really hard, it should have been softer.
 
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chris.kobelt said:
This story almost made me cry. It was really good. I had emailed BGW a couple of times telling them they should do something for Christmas and when I went to see it my eyes filled with tears to. I know my grandpa usually doesn't care for the park much because he goes very often because my grandma works there but he told me when he first saw ChristmasTown he couldn't get enough of it and he loved it soo much. I loved the smores but the snickerdoodle cookie was really hard, it should have been softer.

You know that was exactly it. One of the things that touched me so much was the enjoyment you could see in everyone's faces. Mom's and dad's holding their child' hands as they all just had the greatest smiles looking around and taking the scenery in. The awe people had watching the giant Christmas tree and the shouts and cheers after each musical light show was contagious. It made me think of the days of my childhood when Christmas Magic was tangible in the air.

The other thing I noticed is how happy everyone was despite the crowds... as if no one even noticed. It makes me think of a famous quote from Field of Dreams... (I tweaked it to reflect Christmas Town of course)..

"They'll arrive .... as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, they won't mind if you look around. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. .... And they'll walk around the park and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come. People will most definitely come."

I am so glad your grandfather had a great time and you were able to share it with him. Thank you for your kind words about my story; I so glad you liked it.
 
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Dear Nora,

I just had a ton fun reading that. My favorite part was when the Christmas cheer finally came to you. Let's revisit that moment:
I couldn't seem to muster up find the Christmas Spirit I normally have. That is, until I visited Christmas Town at Busch Gardens.

Yep, that is too great. I'm cool with riding coasters in any weather. A frosty Griffon would work for me. Hopefully you will get the chance to ride next year!

I can recall a cold November 2nd night back in 2002 riding Déjà Vu for the first time, and then riding Raging Bull right after. Coasters and cold are not the best mix right off the bat, but hey, once you get cold enough you actually start to feel warm! (I should really WebMD hypothermia, haha)
-Rob
 
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Great read! Christmas Town WAS our Christmas this year. We were further away from family than ever before and was planning a move the week later, so we didn't really do decorations or family visits or anything. But we were able to go to Christmas Town. It gave us an opportunity to have a nice Christmas season with our kids. Reading your report makes me long for another (8th) trip :)
 
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