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Thank you for
joining us. For this year's holiday edition, we reached
out to some of our clients for their own holiday
memories. We thank them for sharing these
memories with us and with all of you. Happy
A Charbeneau Family Christmas
by Greg Charbeneau, Executive Director
The winter holiday season is my absolute favorite,
especially Christmas. I love to see the gorgeous lights
and festive moods of everyone.
Christmas holiday in the Charbeneau household
begins on Christmas eve. We have a Chinese dinner
with great wine (Shirley Temples for the kids), go to
mass and arrive back home that evening to pajamas
for everyone from Santa. The next morning I take great
pleasure in waking up my girls and beating them
downstairs to see what is under the tree. We video the
whole morning and of course my wife takes a billion
pictures. It is absolutely amazing to witness the spirit
and magic of the holiday through the eyes of my
daughters! The excitement and energy they exude is a
blast to watch. We stay in our pajamas for almost the
entire day, if not the whole time and watch some
football, eat great food and then prepare a big dinner;
usually turkey with all the trimmings.
behalf of the Charbeneau Family and the Adventure
Aquarium Cast, Happy Holidays and a safe and
prosperous 2008 to all.
Christmas, South Philly Style
by Jeff Guaracino, Vice President Communications
Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation
New Year's Day defines Philadelphia for me. Since
childhood, I spend every New Year's Day with the
Mummers. First it is off to visit friends and relatives in
South Philadelphia and then off to the extraordinary
show inside the Convention Center (where it is
warmer than the street!) and of course, down to 2
Street for the post-parade celebration.
Winter in Philadelphia
by Stephen Hague, President
Historic Germantown Preserved
As a native upstate New Yorker, I love snow and cold.
White fluffy stuff and sub-freezing temperatures speak
to me of the holidays. When the landscape and
buildings of Philadelphia are adorned with snow I
believe there is no place better to be.
my fondest recollections is living at Alden Park, a late
1920s apartment building in Germantown. Living on
the 8th floor gave me a spectacular view over the
Wissahickon Valley and my apartment faced west,
granting me spectacular sunsets. My first year there I
recall waking one morning to one of those paralyzing
snowstorms that keeps nearly everyone at home.
Cars crawled along out of doors, but I stayed inside,
built a burning log fire and enjoyed a snow day in front
of the Christmas Tree with my wife.
the sun began to go down with its golden rays on the
tops of the histories turrets of Alden Park and the trees
of Fairmount Park, I thought there was no place
prettier in the whole world than Germantown.
Christmas Is A Time For Family Reunions
by William Moore, President & CEO
Independence Visitor Center Corporation
The holidays are about family and friends connecting,
no matter how far the distance between.
My girls are scattered in different parts of the country,
and just hearing their excitement as they enjoy this
special time of year really gets the season kicked off
Each year, at lease one of my daughters spends the
Christmas holiday with me. The girls always pray for
snow when they visit the north; and if they get lucky
and snow comes, it is sure to be a popular topic of
conversation for many months to come!
When I visit them, I usually travel on
Christmas day, and it's great! The excitement of the
passengers on the planes is overwhelming, even the
flight crews get in the spirit.
moment when you are greeted at the terminal by loved
ones - that's the memory that stays with you always.
Making New Family Memories Every Year
by Roy A. Wilbur, Project Manager
Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage
Since moving from Wichita, Kansas, to Philadelphia
28 years ago, the Christmas season has always
conjured up feelings of joy and melancholy tinged with
lots of nostalgia. Fond memories of dad's fudge,
mom's peanut brittle and her nylon net tree trimmed
with tiny ornaments, the family's lengthy shopping
adventure for the perfect tree - a real beauty for which
we'd pay less than five bucks - and running down the
steps in my flannel PJs with my two sisters to discover
a wondrous bounty of presents beneath the tree. And,
of course, there was the church Christmas pageant,
gospel readings by candlelight and plenty of holiday
Now, both my parents have passed,
but the memories linger. I always enjoy sharing them,
annually, with my partner Larry, his children and, this
year, I will get to tell our dear seven month old
grandchild Sonja about them as well.
Christmas is different now. But I still get that
childlike tingle inside when I exit a clear crisp winter
night, enter our home and sit by a cozy fire with
dancing flames that take me back. My wish to all is a
holiday season filled with glorious memories in-the-
You Never Know What You'll See On Christmas
by Tom Muldoon, President and CEO
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Thanksgiving dinner is actually my favorite holiday
tradition, when my entire family has the time to get
together; my wife and I and our six kids and nine
I also love to look out my window
to see the snow fall on Christmas eve on the
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, draping the Philadelphia
Museum of Art. Sometimes if I look hard enough (and
drink enough wine) I'll see a sled and eight little
reindeer flying over the Museum...
Eight Maids Still A Milking
PNC Bank again released the real cost of the Twelve
Days of Christmas in their annual survey. "Eight
Maids a Milking" are still working for minimum wage,
which got a boost in July, raising the cost 13.6% to
Hager of PNC Bank for permission to quote the study.
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