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White Sand Christmas, A Merry Maui Christmas

I received an e-mail from our blog reader who wanted to share about their Christmas vacation on Maui, and I thought it was very nice of him to offer that. I told him to send me the post via e-mail and if it is consistent with the theme of this blog, we’ll publish it. I love it when A Maui Blog readers interact and participate and this is one example. Living on Maui, we sometimes take for granted how wonderful it is to celebrate Christmas here on a warm weather. This post reminds me to be appreciative of this blessing. This is Tyler’s story from their previous Christmas vacation on Maui. They can’t come this year due to a new baby born to their family, but it is fun reminiscing their past Christmas here on Maui and he looks forward to coming here again with his new son.

White Sand Christmas

If you are like me and live in Utah or any other cold area then you know how harsh winter can be, with the freezing rain, whiteout blizzards and sub-zero temperatures. This makes for a slow and dangerous commute. You also know that there is nothing more magical than a white Christmas. Waking up on Christmas morning and seeing everything covered in a blanket of sparking white snow almost makes the rest of the winter worth it. However, it seems that the past few Christmas mornings we have woken up to freezing temperatures, and hazy polluted skies with no snow. So I decided that there had to be a better way to celebrate a white Christmas.

Unfortunately there is more to Christmas than just snow. Traditions, music, holiday lights and of course spending time with family are all important around the holidays. So I found myself in a dilemma, I wanted to go somewhere warm but I couldn’t leave all the other things that make Christmas magical behind. Then I realized the solution was easy, take it all with me. So we packed up the whole family, including Grandparents, and headed to Hawaii.

 We arrived in Maui just in time to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. Then the Christmas magic began, instantly every palm tree and rooftop around us light up with holiday lights. I thought I was going to miss our Christmas tree, but quickly learned that a palm tree decorated with lights is so much better. As for the Christmas music, Hawaii has its own music and it is awesome. The next morning we woke up to a white sand beach. It was even more magical and exciting than a white snow Christmas. The rest of that day was spend playing on the white sand beach, spending time with family and soaking up the sun.

You are probably wondering about the Christmas traditions. Well, we found our new family Christmas tradition. What could be better, we had everything we needed to make Christmas magical plus the warmth, beauty and hospitality of the Hawaiian Islands and people. The only thing worse than leaving the Island and going back to hazy polluted skies and sub-zero temperatures is waiting a full year before returning to Maui to celebrate another beautiful white sand Christmas.

Tyler is a writer and marketer for He is an avid snowboarder (but prefers surfing while in Hawaii). He loves traveling and spending time with his family. He can’t wait to spend his first white sand Christmas with his new son.

Are you a friend of A Maui Blog and would also like to share your Maui Vacation Story with us? That would be wonderful!  Contact me and we’ll work it out :)

Photo Credit:  The Maui Sunset photo  is taken by  Lena Castles of A David Story. And the Palm with Christmas Lights photo is from my FB friend Mark Tate.

A Christmas Story at Iao Theatre

Maui OnStage’s A Christmas Story Opens Friday!
Opening December 5th, 2008 at the Historic Iao Theater, Wailuku

It’s Christmas time and there’s only one thing on Ralphie Parker’s Christmas list this year: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-Shot, Range Model Air Rifle, but many obstacles stand in the way of his dream because every adult that he confronts keeps telling him he’ll shoot his eye out. Meanwhile, The Old Man just got a major award (a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg), and Mom is making sure The Old Man doesn’t come near her turkey, Ralphie’s friend gets his tongue stuck to a flag pole, and Ralphie utters the f-word in front of his father. Christmas is drawing nearer and Ralphie visits Santa at the department store in hopes of asking him for his dream gift. Will he receive it? Let’s hope so! A Christmas Story is written by Jean Shepherd, adapted by Philip Grecian, directed by Steven Dascoulias and produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock , Illinois .

PERFORMANCE TIMES for this production are:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 5th thru December 14th, 2008
Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 7:30pm with Sundays at 5pm.

For further show information, visit the MOS website or call the MOS box office line at 242-6969. This production is suitable for all ages.

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