“Smiling with Santa” photo contest

Congratulations to our winner: Jennifer G. from Perryville, Missouri, pinned a photo of her daughter, Diandra, on Santa's knee. Thanks to everyone who submitted their wonderful photos! ——– Year after year we're asked, "Are you doing something special for Christmas in July?" Well, we like to think we do something special every day. Nevertheless, let's…

Read More »

Santa’s chair

… is empty until he returns in May. Until then, this pretty kitty is keeping it warm, and enjoying today's springlike sunshine. Could it be … the real Kitty Claws?

Read More »

Sleeping on the job

With today marking the start of the four-month countdown to Christmas (yes, really…), let's take a look back at this sweet HoliBlog post from several years ago. This email arrived recently from Natalee and Chris G., from Memphis, Tennessee: I want to tell you about the most precious moment this weekend. By Saturday afternoon, our…

Read More »

Watch us on the Travel Channel tonight!

Tonight’s the night. We all get to tune in and watch The Travel Channel. For tonight, Bert the Conqueror will conqueror … Indiana. Bert is the host of this crazy show where he goes from state to state–and often from park to park–trying to conquer his fears. Fear of heights. Fears of high speeds. Fear…

Read More »

That other “ho-ho-ho!” guy

As a child, growing up far, far away from the town of Santa Claus, it just didn't seem right. There was some other guy claiming "ho-ho-ho" as his own on TV. Remember him? I had to go back and find the commercial and double-check: Indeed. That Green Giant canned vegetable guy stole Santa's iconic line…

Read More »

There’s one in every crowd

We've all done it while posing for a group photo. Someone has to be the clown, right? Whether it's the fingers-in-a-V behind your brother's head or crossing your eyes, you've done it, too, haven't you?  Here's a long-ago photo from a friend in Indiana tourism (Jan, you haven't changed one little bit!). Jan tells this…

Read More »

Drop in anytime

Will and Santa take another ride on Pilgrims Plunge. Listen for Santa's delighted, "Ho! Ho! Ho!"

Read More »

Taking the plunge

Would anyone like for us to make a wallpaper out of this shot? Will and Santa rode the first boat on Pilgrims Plunge this afternoon with the media on hand. So how did they do? We had about 15 Twitterers on hand to ride. You'll find their tweets here.

Read More »

Now … and then

Well, actually, then and way back then. These photos have been in my "HoliBlog photos" folder since last summer. Oops. What a sweet family photo, taken in August. Siblings who now live in Indiana, Ohio and Mississippi. Want to see something even sweeter? This is the same family back in 1970. Clockwise from top: Robin,…

Read More »