ChristmasTown Holiday Tradition


When our little family moved to Virginia, we didn’t REALLY consider the impact that living so far away from our loved ones would have during the holidays. We had to get creative and come up with new, cost-effective family holiday traditions to help make up for the lack of family. That was when we discovered ChristmasTown at Busch Gardens. Years…

Four Things to Know | Visiting the National Christmas Tree


When the tree in your back yard lights up the world, it calls like a beacon to all nearby to make this annual pilgrimage. Living so close to DC, if you haven’t been to the National Christmas Tree, it means that you haven’t yet experienced the siren’s song. She has been quieter in recent years, (Where did Santa’s North Pole…

Haymarket Annual Gingerbread House Competition


How long has it been? Every year, the opportunity presents itself while you’re out and about, and every year you say, “That’s okay, we’ll do it next year.” You’re not prepared. You just don’t think of it until you see it, there, right in front of you. Well, here it is, a big fat gingerbread house reminder. And lucky for you,…

Christmas Tree Hunting


While I may have grown up surrounded by trees, the thought of cutting down our own tree was almost comedic, like a scene from a Christmas movie. I never even considered where the trees actually came from. Our local grocery store usually had a tree lot where everyone went to collect a tree. Now, I have children of my own…