Travel theme: Festive

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” – Now that we’ve been hit with snow, it really is starting to look a lot like Christmas (the music has been playing at work nonstop since Thanksgiving, all the holiday classics are lodged firmly in my brain!). Honestly I don’t really mind a green Christmas that much either (more like brown and barren, but I guess green sounds better!), but snow does make everything seem more… festive! This week’s theme at Where’s my backpack? is festive indeed, and it’s fitting that today we got to visit Skaneateles (pronounced skinny-atlas!), where they have an annual Dickens Christmas festival every weekend from Thanksgiving til Christmas.

This weekend we finally got a chance to go, thankfully since it is the last weekend, and we were hit by a lot of snow so all the shops were charmingly covered with snow. Not so charmingly covered with snow were the roads, which are twisty, turny and hilly and require a bit of careful maneuvering to get from Syracuse to Skaneateles. On the way there we passed by a car that had flipped into the ditch… a little scary. When we were on our way back, they were just towing the car out! And that was a good 4 hours time difference. Stay safe when driving out there people! Drive slow if you must and screw all the tailgaters!

Anyway, we had a great time at the festival despite it being cold and windy! People go around dressed in Dickens era garb, and there is a re-enactment of the classic Dicken’s Christmas Carol (also the only Dicken’s book I’ve read!). Free roasted chestnuts, free hot cider, and lots of festivities abound. I only wish I’d come more often!

And to end it here’s a little video of the Dicken’s Christmas carolers singing Jingle Bells!


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