J – Jingle Bells

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Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.  Oh what fun it is to cruise with Gina during the holidays.  Ok, so I’m not a song writer and should probably just stick to my blogging skills.  But admit it, you sang the first two lines of this posting.

If you haven’t guessed what we will be talking about today you might be sleeping while reading.  As a celebrator of Christmas and basically all holidays, one of the best parts of cruising in December with Carnival are all of the decorations and holiday happenings.  The ship is “decked” out with decorations, Christmas music, and all sorts of fun events.

If you do not enjoy the holidays and all that goes into them you have a couple of choices: don’t cruise during the month of December or accept the fact that others enjoy this time of year.  Don’t be a grinch.

When you first board the Breeze you will find the atrium has a large beautifully decorated tree and the decorations are plentiful.  There is also a mailbox for children to write their letters for Santa.  The cruise director does read aloud some of the letters during the week so we can all hear what the little cuties are asking for.

Besides decorations all over the ship, you will hear Christmas music being played.  There was a wonderful trio that played their stringed instruments at various locations on the ship.  I sure hope they will be there this December because I truly enjoyed their performances.  the name of the trio was Polaris Trio.  Loved them!

There are special events that happen all week.  There is a tree lighting ceremony in the atrium.  During this ceremony the Fun Squad handed out jingle bells and Santa hats to all the kids. Now when Scott and I cruised in December of 2014 the nice people on the Magic gave me jingle bells.  I brought those bells home and Scott placed them on Junior so he could be festive too. (He might or might not have enjoyed the bells) This is also the time when Santa arrives on the ship.  The kids and adults get to have their pictures taken with Santa and sit on his lap.  The pictures can be purchased at the Pixels Gallery.

There is an ugly sweater contest where some good prizes are won.  I think it would be fun if we consider taking part in this.  Maybe as a group or just individually.  Think about it and let me know what you guys want to do.  I’m sure with as creative as our group is we can come up with some great ugly sweaters.

There is also a Christmas show with the kids.  During the week the children that go to the Carnival clubs will learn songs and dances taught by the Playlist Production Dance Crew.  Then one night in the Ovation Theater the children perform.  The cruise director also reads a story and the kids get presents.  It’s really cute and the kids seem to enjoy it.  Not to mention the parents that are just giddy taking pictures.

If your are Jewish no worries, Carnival also has the lighting of the menorah.

I can’t wait until December. A cruise, family, and holiday happenings.  Holy moly I’m excited!

 

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