Relive the Magic of Christmas Past in Paradise Pennsylvania

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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale

In the small town of Paradise, Pennsylvania is a not so small museum that celebrates the spirit of Christmas. With over 20,000 square feet of indoor exhibits, the National Christmas Center allows visitors to step into a Christmas themed fantasy land.
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Photo by Jim the Photographer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcapaldi/

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Photo by Jim the Photographer http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcapaldi/

While the Center celebrates both Christmas present and Christmas past, it really shines in it’s ability to transport visitors to holiday’s past. Exhibits include a replica Woolworth’s store all decked out for the holiday season with authentic merchandise, signage and fixtures, a life size recreation of a 1950’s Christmas morning (oh how I would love to go back in time), and a walkable “street” of shop windows designed to bring back memories of the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Photo by Jim the Photographer http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcapaldi/

Photo by Jim the Photographer http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcapaldi/

Photo by Jim the Photographer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcapaldi/

Photo by Jim the Photographer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcapaldi/

If you have a thing for Bing Crosby and vintage Christmas ornaments, love to suspend disbelief, and think that red and green is the best color combination ever, you might just want to get yourself to Paradise Pennsylvania and enjoy a museum like no other.

National Christmas Center Website

National Christmas Center on Facebook

Favorite Places: Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

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Today’s favorite place is from Jamee Doherty of Fly The Coop

Jamee’s Favorite Place: Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

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Why She Loves Phu Quoc Island

“Located on the Cambodian/ Vietnamese boarder, its well worth the effort it takes to get there. White stretches of beach, interrupted by palm trees and restaurants located on the sand, its Vietnams answer to Cambodia’s Sihanoukville and Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands. With endless sunshine and breath taking sunsets, this place won’t stay a place wont stay a secret for much longer.”

Jamee’s Favorite Things to Do on Phu Quoc Island

  • Relax under the white sandy, palm fringed beach with a cocktail in hand
  • Enjoy a BBQ seafood dinner on the sand
  • Find a deserted beach and swim in the crystal clear water
  • Rent a scooter and explore the island

About Jamee

PC280069I am a PR and Marketing Manager with a thirst and desire to travel. After graduating from university in 2010, my boyfriend and I decided to backpack around Asia for six months, on a $50 a day budget. With India on the cards for March 2013, let the adventure continue!

Find her at http://flythecoopblog.blogspot.com/


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Favorite Places: La Palma, Canary Islands

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Today’s favorite place is from Ariane Colenbrander of Vancouverscape.com

Ariane’s Favorite Place: La Palma, Canary Islands

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Why She Loves La Palma

“The sheer lack of light pollution, coupled with the delicious locally caught and grown food, outgoing locals, winding roads that lead you to the top of the world and back down again, and black sandy beaches. My husband and I went the year before we married (’99), and had a casita to ourselves. The surrounding vegetation (including our own banana plantation) made for an especially unique vacation.”

Ariane’s Favorite Things to Do in La Palma, Canary Islands

About Ariane


TripLogic_acExperiencing Vancouver’s beautiful backyard. Our site covers arts and culture, food and drink, travel, spa, and product reviews.

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Favorite Places | Mauna Kea, Hawaii

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Today’s favorite place is from Justine Williams from Dancing Traveller

Justine’s Favorite Place: Mauna Kea, Hawaii

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Why She Loves Mauna Kea

“No place else in the world can you go and see the sky and the stars so clear, as if you could reach out and grab them. 9,000 feet up, you can park in the visitors centre parking lot and jump from telescope to telescope as professionals tell you about the specific stars you can see through their lenses. The constant shooting stars make you feel like you’re a little farther from earth and closer to the heavens.”

Justine’s Favorite Things to Do in Mauna Kea, Hawaii

About Justine

headshot2My time as a professional ballet dancer took me around the US and landed me in Beijing, China. Since then, my love for travel and dance have taken me around the world. My blog inspires readers to see things differently through the experiences of travel.

Find her at http://www.dancingtraveller.com and @justinecw1 on twitter


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Favorite Places: Begur, Spain

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Today’s favorite place is from Cacinda “Cindy” Maloney from Points and Travel

Cindy’s Favorite Place: Begur, Spain

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Why She Loves Begur

“When I dream of a vacation, I dream of an adventure in foreign lands, I think of medieval towns and walled cities, old churches and towers, and fortresses and castles and this area of the Costa Brava has them all! It is romantic and around every corner there is a great view. The people are relaxed and act as if they have no cares in the world. Driving along the Costa Brava will change you.”

Cindy’s Favorite Things to Do in Begur, Spain

  • Climb to the top of the tower and see the breathtaking views
  • Ride an electric bicycle through the cobblestone streets
  • Stay at the Hotel Aigua Blava for the views and the food on the terrace

About Cindy

cindyDr. Cindy Maloney is a long time, world traveler who has visited 32 countries and still has a zest for more! She focuses on trip reports that include value luxury ideals for families/couples, plus airfare deals and she teaches you how to use your frequent flyer points.

Find her at http://www.pointsandtravel.com and @pointsandtravel on twitter


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