Top 5 Holiday Destinations in Texas

Top 5 Holiday Destinations in Texas

To bring out the child in all of us.
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Now that Thanksgiving is finally over, it's officially time to start celebrating Christmas. If you are a holiday fanatic like I am, or you need a little boost to get you in the holiday spirit, here are five beautiful holiday-themed destinations in Texas:

5. Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens, housed in Galveston, has always been a beloved destination in Texas. During the holiday season, from November 12-January 8, Moody Gardens is full of Christmas lights. Every night from 6-10pm they have light displays and live entertainment, along with an ice skating ring and pictures with Santa.

4. Magical Winter Lights

Magical Winter Lights is a fairly new attraction, open everyday from November 18-January 8. Found at the Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque, Texas, this destination has something for everyone. Some attractions include lantern attractions, carnival games and rides, live music, and plenty of lights.

3. Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo

Open from November 18-January 15, Zoo Lights is a staple at the Houston Zoo. During the holiday season the zoo is covered in Christmas lights, and at night the zoo turns into a winter wonderland. Visitors can walk through the zoo just like they normally would, but instead of just seeing animals they get a light show along with it.

2. Austin Trail of Lights

Only open from December 10-23, Austin Trail of Lights is one of the most well-known holiday destinations in Texas. Trail of Lights is a 1.25 mile long walking trail that is covered in lights and attractions. Along with plenty of Christmas lights, this destination is complete with both a carousel and ferris wheel.

1. Santa's Wonderland

Housed in College Station, Texas, Santa's Wonderland is the hit holiday destination in Texas. People travel from near and far to see this wonderful Christmas attraction. Full of hayrides, horse-drawn carriage rides, a cute little Christmas town, live music, movies, and more, Santa's Wonderland is the perfect place for the avid Christmas lover.

Any of these magical Texas holiday destinations are sure to please the child in all of us and are much worth the road trip to visit them.
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Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

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He is risen, and LIVES today... Not just on Easter.

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Every Easter there is always a flood of posts on social media, and every post has a similar caption: "He is risen!" And indeed He is.

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Jesus's death on the cross is worth so much more than one day. He is deserving of far greater.

So often, we let ourselves be consumed by life and all our problems that we get distracted. We let ourselves forget the work that Jesus did on the cross.

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Jesus won. He defeated the grave. Let that sink in, because all too frequently I feel like this falls deaf to our ears and hearts.

Understanding that Jesus conquered death and has already won the battle for the world (John 16:33) should give us peace.

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