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Old 11-04-2010, 08:16 PM
Location: Morrisville, NC
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Hi everyone,

We're getting close to a possible move date just before Thanksgiving and that got us thinking, what kinds of local holiday traditions do you have down there? Any special foods or events? How about must-see places or things?

We look forward to hearing about them!


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Old 11-05-2010, 07:19 AM
Location: Durham, NC
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If you have little kids, the Santa Train at the Museum of Life and Science is hugely popular.


I'm looking forward to what other folks have to say!
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:09 AM
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The following performances have become Christmas season traditions for many families in Raleigh. If theater, ballet or symphonic music interest you, they are all worth attending!

Theatre in the Park's Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol | Holiday Special Event in Raleigh NC (http://www.theatreinthepark.com/a_christmas_carol_special_event.html - broken link)

Carolina Ballet's Nutcracker
Carolina Ballet | Nutcracker

Raleigh Little Theatre's Cinderella
Cinderella | Raleigh Little Theatre

NC Symphony's Holiday Pops
North Carolina Symphony
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:17 AM
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When my kids were little (early elementary school years), we moved away from "home" and had the great adventure of living in a number of different states. While there was much good that came from that, one big loss for us was being away from our extended family during the holidays. As a result, my kids weren't able to participate in my family's traditions year after year - making cookies with grandma, going to holiday events with cousins, spending christmas eve at grandparents, having more than one "Christmas" (gift opening), etc.

Early on, we decided that we were going to create our own "traditions" to try to take the place of what we lost. We couldn't do big family events, so we focused on different things we could do with our kids to help create a bright holiday period for them that includes activities we could do year to year. Our traditions focused around our family more than anything particularly "local" to where we were. Some were re-creations of things we would have done back home. Some things we did:
  • We had our own Christmas cookie making party, using Grandma's recipes. We invited friends to join us to help decorate the cookies.
  • We took the kids each year to pick out an ornament for our Christmas tree. Each one they picked out - often something relfecting where we lived at the time, or a place we'd visited that year - became a cherished event as we decorated our tree year after year, putting up the "special" ornaments they'd each picked out in earlier years and reliving the memories that each represented.
  • We created a little Christmas Eve celebration and opened our gifts that had been sent from Grandparents and others back home. It gave our kids the chance to have more than one Christmas event.
There are a few other little things we do too, but you get the idea. I encourage you to bring your traditions with you, and adapt and extend them to your new location.
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:01 PM
Location: NC
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Attend teh activities at North Hills. They will have a tree lighting ceremony and some sort of show or children's performance. Visit Southern Pines/Pinehurst to see teh village decorated and have tea at the Inn. Knightdale Christmas parade. Just like an old fashioned small town parade. Wake Forest and other towns.
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:17 PM
Location: RTP area, NC
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Christmas Parade through downtown Raleigh on Nov 20th (raindate Nov 21).

Go downtown to watch it or turn on the TV to watch it!

See: 2010 WRAL Christmas Parade :: Community, Families & Parenting, Free in North Carolina :: Out and About at WRAL.com (http://www.wral.com/entertainment/out_and_about/event/7922485/ - broken link) or The 2010 Raleigh Christmas Parade > Greater Raleigh Merchants Association

The Parade kicks-off at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20. and can be seen on WRAL-TV or WRAL.com from 10am-12 on Nov 20th and it will be replayed at 4pm on Christmas Day.
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:43 PM
Location: Cary, NC
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Check out the Christmas Tree Lighting at the State Capitol. After they light the tree, you can take a tour of the capitol building, which will be decorated for Christmas. And there is Christmas music and other activities all around. Its also a good night to check out Fayetteville street. Its on Thursday, Dec, 9th this year.

Also, in Cary, we light luminarias on Christmas Eve (weather permitting). The Boy Scouts come around the first weekend in December and you can get the luminarias for a donation. We drive around on Christmas Eve looking at the luminaries and Christmas decorations. It looks really cool when everyone in the neighborhood participates.
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:23 AM
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I love my small town Christmas Parade. Pittsboro, Dec. 5th, 3:00 PM. I'm sure that a number of area communities have one as well.
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