Tag Archives: Disney World

Poetry Friday ~ Christmas in Florida

4 Dec
Photo by Lynda Hinton (@lyndaann1975 – Unsplash)

Hello, everyone! Happy Holidays and a warm welcome to my blog!

I live in south Florida and Christmas traditions are a little different down here. We don’t have snow, so we can’t build a snowman, but we can build one made of sand. There’s no sledding or skiing, but we do have surfing Santas and boats decked out in Christmas lights and decorations. We also have Winterfest, a town named Christmas, Disney World and much more. I found this poem about Christmas in Florida and thought I should share it. I hope you enjoy it.

T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the town,
No noses were frozen, nor snow on the ground.

No children in flannels were tucked into bed,
They all wore their shorty pajamas instead.

To find wreaths of holly was not very hard,
For holly trees sprouted in every backyard.

In front of the houses were daddies and moms,
Decorating hibiscus and coconut palms.

The slumbering kiddies were dreaming with glee,
Hoping to find surf boards under the tree.

They all knew that Santa was well on his way,
In a fiberglass boat instead of a sleigh.

He whizzed up the rivers, zoomed up the canals,
Delivering toys to good boys and gals.

The tropical moon gave the cities a glow,
And lit the way for Santa below.

Quite soon he arrived and started to work,
He hadn’t a second to linger or shirk.

He jumped from his boat and gave a wee chuckle,
He was dressed in deck pants, with an ivy league buckle.

There weren’t any chimneys, but that caused no gloom,
For Santa came in through the Florida room.

He stopped at each house but stayed only a minute,
As he emptied his sack of the toys that were in it.

Before he departed he had a long drink,
From the glass of fresh orange juice left by the sink.

He turned with a jerk and jumped into his boat,
Knowing that he still had more toys to tote.

He put it in gear and he opened the gas,
Then up the Peace River he went like a flash!

And I heard him exclaim as he went on his way:
“Merry Christmas, Punta Gorda, I wish I could stay ….

Photo by Lynda Hinton

Take care and stay safe and healthy!

Writers Quote Wednesday – INSPIRATION

1 Jun

Hello everyone! It’s Writers Quote Wednesday hosted by Colleen Chesebro (Silver Threading) and Ronovan Hester (Ronovan Writes). The theme for this week’s quotes is Inspiration.

What is Inspiration?

Something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone.

As the meaning of the word implies inspiration can come from anywhere. There are so many things that inspire me; songs, dreams, nightmares, poems, illustrations, people, animals . . . I’ve even been inspired by a tree. Check out my short story A Cursed Tree 😉

I decided that today I would post quotes that inspire and I hope they do encourage and motivate you. ❤

Donald-Duck-topiary-Epcot-The Writer Next Door

Epcot Center Flower & Garden Festival

Epcot-International-Flower-and-Garden-Festival-Vashti Q

Disney World – Epcot Center

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

~Jimmy Dean

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

~Francis of Assisi

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

~Vince Lombardi

“Your personal life, your professional life, and your creative life are all intertwined. I went through a few very difficult years where I felt like a failure. But it was actually really important for me to go through that. Struggle, for me, is the most inspirational thing in the world at the end of the day – as long as you treat it that way.”

~Skylar Grey

“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”

~F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”

~Nido Qubein

EpcotFlowerAndGarden-disney-The Writer Next Door

Epcot-flowerandgardenfestival-The Writer Next Door-disney

Epcot-International-Flower-and-Garden-Festival-The Writer Next Door-Vashti Q

Illuminations-epcot-Writers Quote Wednesday-The Writer Next Door-Disney World

Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge is sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! This week’s theme is INSPIRATION.

**Be sure to check out both Colleen and Ronovan’s blogs.