Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A Christmas Date Night

Hello everyone!
Last weekend Erik and I had a fun Christmas themed date night!
We started out at the Grand America Hotel.

The Grand America is a luxurious hotel in Downtown Salt Lake City.
And if you have visited my blog before you know my love for it runs deep...
We like to stay there to celebrate special occasions.
We have always wanted to stay there in December.
But, with Christmas, it just doesn't make sense for us financially...
This year we decided to go explore the grounds and see all of the decorations first hand.
And it did not disappoint!
The exterior of the hotel is covered in lights and wreaths.

The lobby is filled with trees, wreaths and garlands.
We happened to arrive during afternoon tea and were able to hear the harpist playing Christmas carols.

Each table had gorgeous vintage pieces such as nutcrackers or Christmas trees.

After exploring the lobby, we headed to their holiday window displays.
This year the windows displayed scenes from the Night Before Christmas.
In the bottom corner of each window was another miniature display showing a little mice family preparing for the holidays.

And we can't forget the gingerbread house!
It was HUGE!

This year's house was a recreation of the hotel itself.
Little mice were guests and it even had lights on the inside!
A hotel employee was there to pass out candy canes and take pictures.

After we finished strolling through the window displays we headed to one of my favorite spots, the courtyard.

The trees were covered in lights, each archway had its own wreath and there was a tall beautifully decorated Christmas tree with ornaments the size of my head.

I loved exploring the hotel and discovering all it had to offer for the holiday season. 
I am ready to move in now...

After soaking in the amazingness that is the Grand America we headed down the street to the Eccles Theater to see A Christmas Story the Musical.

A Christmas Story holds a special place in our hearts as it's one of the only Christmas traditions Erik and I have created on our own.
TBS plays A Christmas Story for 24 hours straight on Christmas Day.
Our first married Christmas in our little apartment Erik and I watched it while eating breakfast.
The next year we happened to do the same thing.
And then the next and the next and the next.
It has become a tradition we love deeply and we have such a fun time watching it.
Each year it grows on us more and more and we usually find a new quote that we add to our vocabulary.

When we heard the musical was coming to town we decided we needed to see it.
We bought our tickets months ago and have been (not so) patiently waiting.
We went in not knowing anything and really enjoyed it!
We felt that they did the movie justice.
There were a few things that were different but it didn't differ too much from the original story.
Also, they had real dogs in the play so you know I was in heaven.
Needless to say at the end of the night we were definitely feeling the Christmas spirit.
Maybe we have some new traditions on our hands?
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

All my love, 

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