Ryan and I decided to take a weekend trip to Nashville to enjoy the Gaylord Opryland Country Christmas. This year’s holiday attraction was ICE!® featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that we love Snoopy and the Peanuts gang.
ICE! is an indoor attraction featuring ice sculptures at chilling temperatures. Over two million pounds of ice was used to depict the story of Charlie Brown. This walk-through attraction even features a slide! Before entering the attraction, you have the opportunity to suit up for the chilling nine degrees. We spent roughly thirty minutes inside snapping pictures of the beautiful sculptures. The detail is incredible.
Ryan and I really enjoyed this holiday activity, and we highly recommend it. I wouldn’t bring small children though. Most of the younger children we saw were fussing and complaining about the cold. Upon exiting the attraction, you can purchase photos, hot chocolate, and souvenirs. Be sure to arrive early or buy a fast pass.
There were also free holiday activities, including ice-skating shows and Christmas lights. We also enjoyed breakfast with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and Lucy. There are a ton of activities at the Gaylord. We even got into Madame Tussauds across the street at Opry Mills. They were running an awesome Black Friday special (50% off). Needless to say, we really enjoyed our short trip to Nashville. It was good to get away for a bit.
We decided a couple of years ago to join the masses and create our very own holiday elf experience. Although we do not have children, Ryan and I alternate moving our elf , Pigpen, nightly beginning December 1st. It really is a fun way to surprise one another and get into the spirit of Christmas. I honestly enjoy seeing how creative we get with this. We actually try to outdo the other as the nights pass, because we’re competitive like that. Ryan is really good at it!
I know many parents are irked by their elf, but I think preparing ahead of time can eliminate some of the headache. I like to plan out my activities for Pigpen in November, and I keep the list on my phone. I find a combination of simple and challenging activities make it easier. There are going to be some nights that I’m just too tired for the complicated stuff. My other suggestion is shortening the amount of time that your elf is in your home. I think the twelve days of Christmas is just as fun as the entire month. Here are some ideas for your household elf.
Hide & Seek (leave a note and hide the elf)
Game Night (place a board game and some stuffed animals on a table)
Leave elf in the dryer (leave a note for ‘Dry Cleaning’)
Watch television or a movie
Build a Lego set
Ride a train around the living room or Christmas tree
Partially insert elf into a gift bag
Leave elf in the mailbox with a piece of mail
Hide in the Christmas tree
Feed a pet
Horseback riding (you’ll need a toy horse for this one)
Snow fight with other toys
Make a mess in the office or kitchen
Sick day (bring out the Band-Aids & thermometer)
Pack your bags (great if you are traveling for the holidays)
Slinky down the stairs
Read a book
Treasure hunt (make your own or find a printable one online)
Climb the curtains or shades
Online shopping with the credit card
Rearrange a room or shelf
Sew some new clothes
Pinterest is also a great resource for ideas. Be sure to check our Instagram account for ideas and pictures this holiday season. I think Pigpen and Snoopy will be quite busy!