Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gaylord Texan

My grandparent's wedding anniversary is on the first day of December. This year they celebrated 50 years together. My Dad planed a weekend trip to the Gaylord Texan for them,my aunt and older cousin,Steven, plus my family and I. Normally, the Gaylord Texan has authentic replicas of the River Walk, Hill Country, and the Palo Duro Canyon.  While we were there, everything was decorated for Christmas; there were giant toy soldiers, huge presents, trees, large Santa's boots,and a big gingerbread house. Also, there were toy trains decorated for Christmas, fake icicles, poinsettias and a tall rocking horse. They also had a lot of  Christmas activates for you to do such as; decorate gingerbread houses, observe gingerbread houses which chefs and college students made, and ICE, a life size display of 2 million pounds of carved ice.
A life size gingerbread house 

As you can imagine,with one-and-a-half million twinkling lights, 12,000 ornaments, 5,600 feet of garland, and an amazing 52-foot-tall Christmas tree everything was really festive. We were able to get to go to Ice! and it was wonderful. This year's Ice theme was Merry Madagascar Christmas Marty, Melman, Gloria, Alex, King Julian, and Mort. Plus lemurs, reindeer, Santa, a sleigh, and several ice slides were all carved out of ice. At the end there was a nativity, all carved out of clear ice, which sparkled and looked really nice. The Nativity was my favorite part of the ice carving display. The next day we ate a breakfast buffet on the River walk. After we ate, my Aunt Laura and cousin Steven went and picked up my Uncle Albert and my other cousin, David. They had just returned from Italy. Then we went and ate at a steak restaurant. The next day we went home.  

Lego replica of The Gaylord Texan 
A wall with plants growing out of it which I thought was cool.

Koi fish in a replica of the river walk in San Antonio.
My dad, grandfather, cousin, and my older sister under a replica
  of a tree called the "treaty oak" which cost $250,000.

Me in front of a giant Christmas tree.
My Grandparents, aunt and dad.

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