Holiday Fun in Houston

Can you believe it’s December already?  That means Christmas is just around the corner!  Before the holiday season hits and brings with it all that craziness, take a moment to look over some of these upcoming events and decide if you want to attend any of them.  Houston has a lot to offer during the holidays, and while you’ll probably be too busy to do everything, you should be able to fit a few events into your busy schedule.

The Houston Zoo will light up with thousands of Christmas lights.  You and your family can take a tour through this magical wonderland and check out some amazing decorations, sing carols, and drink hot cocoa.

One Christmas tradition is seeing the Nutcracker ballet.  While some people prefer to watch the ballet on TV, there really is nothing like seeing it performed live.  There are several different performances going on in Houston this month.  In attrition to the Nutcracker, there are other holiday performances, plays, and recitals.

If you enjoy seeing holiday displays, go driving around Houston.  Load the family up in the car, pack some snacks, and crank up the Christmas carols on the radio.  There are many great festival displays in the area.  If you want to do a little walking, you might want to take the Heritage Society’s Annual Candlelight Tour in the Park.  While you will have to walk in the cold instead of riding in the warm car, it’s certainly worth it.  The tour features some of Houston’s oldest buildings decorated in the traditional 19th century holiday décor, plus there’s live music and Santa!

Don’t forget to decorate your home with some of our gorgeous Christmas flowers in Houston, TX!

Spruce Up the Front Door for Christmas


The Christmas tree is often the center of your holiday party, and when it’s not, your dinner table and the amazing food you’ve prepared is.  But before your guests see your tree, your table centerpiece, the stockings you’ve hung with care, they see your front door.  One way to make a great impression is to put a beautiful holiday wreath on your front door.

You have several options for this wreath.  If you’ve already got one, you can reuse it.  However, wreaths tend to start to look their age after going in and out of storage for several years.  You may want to spruce it up a little by gluing or otherwise adding a few new elements.  You can add pine cones, silk flowers, feathers, small birds, and just about anything else that relates to the holiday season.

If, on the other hand, you don’t have a wreath or want a new one, you have two options: buy one or make one yourself.  Buying one is the easiest option, and you’ll find some amazing wreaths out there.  If you’re more into making a wreath, you’ll need to find a basic wreath to start with.  Then add whatever decorations you want to it.

You may not even want a wreath on your front door.  You could put a large red bow on your door, for example, or hang sturdy ornaments on it.  No matter what you do, adding decoration to your front door is a great way of welcoming your guests.

Need some help with your wreath?  We have a great Christmas Wreath available in Houston, TX.

Holiday Organizing Tips


Organizing your holidays doesn’t have to be crazy.  In fact, all it takes it a little bit of effort and thought to get it done.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the shopping, baking, and decorating, here are a few ways to get the craziness under control.

Before you head out to shop for gifts, make a list of everyone you need to buy something for.  You might also write down an idea of how much you want to spend and what you might want to buy for them.  This way, you won’t spend too much or spend a lot of time walking up and down store aisles.

Don’t get caught up in second guessing your gifts.  Once you buy something for someone, don’t change your mind.  If you let yourself get caught up in “oh, but I think they would like this better,” you’ll find yourself buying a lot of gifts you don’t actually give.  Then you have to deal with returning them.

You may want to organize your gifts once you get them home, especially if you’re buying a lot of small items or similar items.  Put a sticky note on each one listing who it’s for, or set aside a box or bag for each person.  Be sure to put a tag on each one after you wrap it so you don’t get it mixed up with another.

Another tip for keeping your gifts organized is to buy a number of different colors/styles of wrapping paper and use one color for each person.  It’s a good way of organizing gifts for your close family and those who you’ll buy multiple gifts for.

These tips should help you organize your Christmas shopping and gift-giving.  Taking the stress out of what is one of the more stressful parts of the Christmas season and you’ll give yourself more time to enjoy everything else.

Also, don’t forget to bring a bit of holiday joy into your home with some of our amazing Christmas flowers in Houston, TX.

Christmas Lights in Houston


Looking for some amazing holiday light displays in the Houston area?  Well, you can drive around your neighborhood and check out what others have done, or you can hit some of the large displays.  There are even some limo tours you can book if you want to see the lights in style.  Here are some of the subdivisions and neighborhoods that have huge annual light displays:

•    Prestonwood Forest
•    Woodland Heights (their Lights in the Heights event takes place on December 8, but the light displays will be up until Christmas, at least)
•    Timber Lakes
•    Graystone Hills
•    Firethorne
•    Pin Oak Village
•    Fairwood Subdivision

A number of the homes in these areas may have entered the annual Houston Area Christmas Light Display Contest.  In order to win, you’ve got to go big, so be on the lookout for some giant displays!

There are a number of other displays, of course.  Check out the Winter Wonderland in The Woodlands.  Produced by the Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau and presented by Donoho’s Jewellers, this event features a huge light display.  You’ll find a giant Christmas tree, lighted toy soldiers, angels, snowmen, and much more.  If you donate non-perishable food items at Donoho’s, you’ll get a $2 off coupon to the nearby Ice Rink.

Another great walk-through event is the Dickinson Festival of Lights at Paul Hopkins Park.  Admission, parking, and shuttle service are all free, which is great for your holiday budget.  There are thousands of lights on display here, plus there are a few activities, too.  For a small fee, you can decorate cookies, eat some great food, or get a picture with Santa (which is free if you use your own camera).

Moody Gardens is hosting their Festival of Lights once again.  There are more than a million lights used in these amazing displays.  There’s also live entertainment, an outdoor skating rink, and a ice slide.  Admission is $6.95 for the Festival of Lights trail, and fees vary for the other activities.

These are just some of the amazing light displays in the Houston area.  Do you decorate your home?  If not, maybe you should start this year!

Don’t forget to decorate indoors as well. We’ve got some great Christmas flowers in Houston, TX, that will help bring the holiday atmosphere into your home.

Christmas Events in Houston Updated

The Christmas tree at the Galleria Mall in Houston

Can you believe it’s almost December?  That means Christmas is just around the corner!  Before the holiday season hits and brings with it all that craziness, take a moment to look over some of these upcoming events and decide if you want to attend any of them.  Houston has a lot to offer during the holidays, and while you’ll probably be too busy to do everything, you should be able to fit a few events into your busy schedule.

Every night between December 5 and January 5, the Houston Zoo will light up with thousands of Christmas lights.  You and your family can take a tour through this magical wonderland and check out some amazing decorations, sing carols, and drink hot cocoa.

One Christmas tradition is seeing the Nutcracker ballet.  While some people prefer to watch the ballet on TV, there really is nothing like seeing it performed live.  The ballet will be performed by Houston Ballet every weekend from November 23 to December 30.  The ballet will also be performing the Jubilee of Dance on Friday, November 30.  This special performance will serve as a send-off to principle dancer Amy Fote, who is leaving the Houston Ballet after seven years.

You might also want to attend a performance of the Winter Wonderettes show at the Stages Repertory Theatre or catch the Santaland Diaries at the Alley Theatre.  Both shows run through December.

Another thing you don’t want to miss is ice skating outside at Discovery Green.  While some places have indoor skating areas during the Christmas season, skating outdoors is much more fun. If you like indoor skating, though, you can always visit the Ice Galleria Skating Rink.

If you enjoy seeing holiday displays, go driving around Houston.  Load the family up in the car, pack some snacks, and crank up the Christmas carols on the radio.  There are many great festival displays in the area.  If you want to do a little walking, you might want to take the Heritage Society’s Annual Candlelight Tour in the Park.  While you will have to walk in the cold instead of riding in the warm car, it’s certainly worth it.  The tour features some of Houston’s oldest buildings decorated in the traditional 19th century holiday décor, plus there’s live music and Santa!

Don’t forget to decorate your home with some of our gorgeous Christmas flowers in Houston, TX!

Food for the Holidays

The holiday season brings a lot of different things: decorations, gifts, holiday music, and, of course, a lot of great food!  Sometimes it seems like we start eating at Thanksgiving and don’t stop until after New Year’s Day.  That holiday weight gain can be a killer, but there’s just so much great food to enjoy.

So what will you be dining on for Christmas?  While many stories talk about eating Christmas goose, that’s not a tradition many people keep these day, mainly because you can’t just walk into a grocery store and pick up a goose.  However, chicken or turkey can take the goose’s place, as can ham.  Some people forgo the big dinner and simply have finger foods and snacks.

If you’re visiting someone else’s home for the holiday dinner, you may be asked to bring a side dish.  Just about anything is appropriate, from potatoes to baked beans to vegetables.  Just make certain no one else is already bringing the side you’re thinking of making.

Snacks are a vital part of Christmas, especially since people usually visit for quite some time and may want a little something to munch on.  Have a variety of things.  Pies, cookies, fudge, and gingerbread are often made, but you want some healthy alternatives, too.  Vegetables, a cheese ball, and some crackers work very well.  You might also want chips and dip for those who like salty snacks.

How many of these great foods are you going to prepare for Christmas dinner?  Do you have traditional foods you make every year, or do you try something new?

 

 

Christmas Flowers Houston TX

Christmas Events in Houston

Christmas is coming! But what is there to do in the Houston area to celebrate (or just to get out of the house)? Well, there are a number of different things to do in the area this holiday season.

One Christmas tradition is seeing the Nutcracker ballet. While some people prefer to watch the ballet on TV, there really is nothing like seeing it performed live. The ballet will be performed by Houston Ballet this holiday season, and one shouldn’t miss it. Another show you may want to take in is a live performance of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ popular tale of Scrooge and the three ghosts of Christmas.

Another thing you don’t want to miss is ice skating outside at Discovery Green. While some places have indoor skating areas during the Christmas season, skating outdoors is much more fun. If you like indoor skating, though, you can always visit the Ice Galleria Skating Rink.

If you enjoy seeing holiday displays, go driving around Houston. Load the family up in the car, pack some snacks, and crank up the Christmas carols on the radio. There are many great festival displays in the area. If you want to do a little walking, you might want to take the Heritage Society’s Candlelight Tour. While you will have to walk in the cold instead of riding in the warm car, it’s certainly worth it. The tour features some of Houston’s oldest buildings decorated in the traditional 19th century holiday décor, plus there’s live music and Santa!

The Moody Gardens in nearby Galveston also provides a great place to look at holiday decorations. The entire garden is light up with different festive scenes. After taking the tour, you can relax at the Garden Restaurant and enjoy their Festival of Lights buffet.

These are just a few of the major holiday events happening in the Houston area this Christmas season. While staying home with a cup of hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies is a great way to spend an evening, heading out and enjoying these events can be a great way of getting energized for the holidays.