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  • Tuesday November 22nd, 2016 thanksgiving1
    Did you know that turkey wasn’t even served at the first Thanksgiving — and that the Pilgrims didn’t use forks because they weren’t invented yet? Impress your kids (and the in-laws!) with these crazy, yet true, fun facts about Thanksgiving! On the fourth Thursday in November, families across the U.S. gather to feast on turkey, watch football and gear up for Christmas by looking for Santa ...
  • Tuesday November 22nd, 2016 23pumpkincake
    First off:  Let’s try Chocolate-Pumpkin Layer Cake….  This rich and decadent spiced pumpkin cake is just the thing to serve for an autumn celebration, Thanksgiving or otherwise. Chocolate chips and chopped pecans are added to the pumpkin batter for extra sweetness and a bit of welcome crunch. For those who like to plan ahead, it can be made and frozen – iced and all. Just ...
  • Tuesday November 22nd, 2016 pumpkinpotpie
    Vegetarians at a family Thanksgiving dinner are accustomed to getting the stink eye, the exasperated sigh, and the classic, “I think these mashed potatoes are meat-free… oh wait, it’s made with chicken stock.” On a day that emphasizes indulgence to the point of a bellyache, those who choose to avoid meat are often the odd ones out. But instead of complaining, they slap a smile ...
  • Tuesday November 22nd, 2016 dressing
    Everyone knows that the turkey isn’t the real star of the Thanksgiving table—it’s the side dishes. Start a new family tradition this year and try our crowd-pleasing Thanksgiving side dish recipes. Take your pick from more than 100 traditional and modern takes on Southern Thanksgiving sides including mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, roasted vegetables, casseroles, and more. Many of these Thanksgiving side ...
  • Tuesday November 22nd, 2016 turkey
    Looking for that perfect turkey recipe? With our 6 favorite show-stopping Thanksgiving turkey recipes, you can brine, glaze, and spice-rub your turkey to perfection. With classic recipes and inventive and delicious new takes, these beautiful birds are as tasty on the inside as they are lovely on the outside and will have your guests going back for seconds and thirds. With perfectly bronzed skin and succulent ...
  • Thursday November 17th, 2016 15-unique-thanksgiving-traditions-youll-want-to-steal-1-size-3
    Much of what people love about Thanksgiving is the chance to eat the same foods with the same people and then have the same argument over whether the TV will be tuned to football or a holiday movie. Although many of us have similar elements in common for the day (a nice fat turkey, spending time with family and friends, taking a moment to say ...
  • Thursday November 17th, 2016 During a recent trip back home to VA, we went to check out Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  Not only is this one of the Most Beautiful theme parks around; but they know how to REALLY decorate for the Holidays.  And I gotta say, Disney should take some notes.....

My wife and I both agreed that Busch Gardens had better overall theming than the Walt Disney World parks.  No matter which section of the BG park you're in, you definitely get the Christmas feel (and each uniquely themed too).  I wish I could say the same about Disney; but sadly, I can't.  :(  Heck, Christmas Town at the Tampa location is already on our to-do list for next year.

But I wish I had time to do some real shooting this day.  They just did and incredible job with everything.

Das Festhaus
Busch Gardens
Williamsburg, VA


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    It’s hard to believe that Christmas will be upon us in a matter of weeks. There are endless ways to usher in this magical holiday season, and perhaps one of the most festive is a celebration of light displays. Like Christmas trees come to life, these twinkling decorations make for an incredible vision if you have a free night to spend time with friends or ...
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