While perusing the shelves for marked downs and bargains on Halloween candy, decorations and costumes at various retail locations, it’s difficult not to notice consecutive and seemingly endless aisles of candy, gift items and decorations for the impending celebrations of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Valentine’s Day.  Already stocked are unbelievable quantities of items in celebration of all of these holidays, stacked side by side, row by row; creating a barrage of orange, brown, red, green, blue and white rainbow colors.

For some, these merchandise displays may ignite the first of many anxieties including who to buy for, what to buy, when to buy, where to buy and how to buy manifesting around real and perceived holiday obligations.  For others, it’s time to catch the holiday spirit; light up our homes and communities, spread good cheer and charity and most importantly ditch pointless dieting.   Like most cities, Orlando will have its holiday decorations lining the streets and glowing from atop downtown’s landmark buildings before the Thanksgiving turkey thaws.  The consolation is that the City Beautiful is even more beautiful during the season.  The world’s number one tourist destination becomes “a beautiful sight” making families, friends, residents and visitors “happy tonight” while sauntering through Orlando’s not so wintery wonderland.  Temperatures likely remain in the 70s and sometimes climb to the 80s even in mid-December.  Attractions including Disney, Epcot, SeaWorld, Animal Kingdom, Universal, Fun Spot and The Holy Land, go full throttle with special seasonal decorations, shows, features, foods and rides for all to enjoy.  Google the attractions to see their holiday schedules and special offerings and go to https://www.tripsavvy.com/holiday-events-in-orlando, https://www.orlando.gov,  www.Eventbrite.com  and https://orangenet.ocfl.net/  for additional information and help with planning to ensure you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season.


About the autho

Sharon Fletcher Jones is a true Libra, an action-ist, and a budget fashionista.  The Portsmouth, Virginia native is also an employment specialist with Goodwill Industries, a life coach and an associate editor at ONYX Magazine. Stacey’s mom (literally) has got it going on.  Fletcher Jones’ personal mantra is “It’s the dash that counts.”



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