DISCLAIMER: I received complimentary media passes to attend this event, however all experiences and original snapshots are my own.
Having lived in Nashville all my life, there are a few things that I have learned over the years... I know you don't go downtown on Titans home game day, I know you must check out 4th of July fireworks from Love Circle at least once in your life, I learned that even if you don't like country music, you can still enjoy the best music ANYWHERE, here in Nashville, I know that Edwin Warner park is a great place to go for a "Sunday drive" and I know it isn't really Christmas, until you've been to see the lights at the Opryland resort.
This is the 30th year for theCountry Christmas celebration at the Opryland resort and if you live in or are planning to visit the mid south area, between now and January 1st, you owe it to yourself and the kids to check it out. Gaylorld's Country Christmas is known for their magical settings where families can share Christmas traditions and make new ones. The Country Christmas celebration features awesome musical shows, over 2 million, yes, million, with an "M", twinkling lights, beautifully decorated trees and amazing holiday decorations that are sure to make even the "bah-humbuggiest scrooge begin to feel the Christmas spirit. With shows from the Rockettes, the "A Not So Silent Night" concert series, a very"Christmassy" DreamWorks experience, featuring characters from Madasgar, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and you can even have a sticky, fun time atGingy's Gingerbread decorating. There are craft shows, photos with Santa, carriage rides, an outdoor nativity scene and more, but my personal fave isICE! and this year's theme is the cutest I've seen since the year they did the Grinch... Frosty the Snowman!!!
Each year, 40 artisans travel over 6,400 miles from Harbin, China to Nashville, TN, where they painstakingly create beautiful sculptures from ice. The three kinds of ice for the display are created using a special recipe that takes three weeks and over 36 truckloads to ship in at a rate of 2 trucks a day for 15 days. The master carvers spend nearly a month of 12-hour shifts inside a 9-degree freezer, transforming 2 million pounds of ice into a breathtaking winter wonderland.
*The origins of ICE! can be traced back as far as the late Ming and early Qing dynasties of Imperial China. Five hundred years ago the far northern province of Heilongjiang had an indigenous population of hunters. During long winter nights, getting lost in the forest was a real problem for the hunters. The frequently overcast skies obscured the stars, and without a compass, navigation was nearly impossible. So, the clever Chinese came up with a novel solution... allowing water to partially freeze in wooden buckets. Once overturned, this formed an ice block into which a candle would be placed. The ice surrounding the candle sheltered the flame and acted as a type of lens, magnifying the light from the candle — creating an ice lantern. The hunters strung these lanterns each night, leading from their homes to the hunt site.
So, what does it look like when hundreds of years of history and 2 million pounds of ice come together....
The classic tale of Frosty the Snowman comes to life in this amazing ice display.
**"Frosty the Snow Man came to town one bright, cold winter's day. The first real snow of the winter had fallen the night before.
In the morning, out came the children, and they started to roll snowballs. Round and round the snowy yard they rolled the snowballs. Soon they had two fine big ones."
**"It was Tommy who picked up the shiny top hat and put it on the snow man's head. Zing! Tommy's hand sprang back with a shock.
"It's magic" gasped Tommy.
"So it is," said a voice, a deep, chuckly voice they had never heard before. "And a pleasant sort of magic,
if I do say so myself." "Frosty the Snow Man, at your service," said he."
**"Oh, Frosty, the Snowman, was alive as he could be;
and the children say he could laugh and play, just the same as you and me."
**"Frosty the Snowman, knew the sun was hot that day,
so he said, "Let's run, and we'll have some fun now, before I melt away."
**"Frosty the Snow Man has gone away
Where all snow men go on a sunny day.
But he'll be back at your bidding and call
Whenever great heaps of snowflakes fall."
*Adapted from press release
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