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Monday, January 25, 2021

Explore a Global Home Port

When thinking about the next cruise you want to take, consider embarking from a home port outside of North America. There are dozens of fabulous cities where you can catch a cruise ship and enjoy a memorable pre-cruise or post-cruise stay. To get your imagination fired up, here’s a quick sample of home ports around the globe – and where you could sail from each one.

London, England. Actually, only small ships can sail up the Thames to the city of London; ocean-going ships usually depart from Southampton. That’s just two hours away from London, so you can spend some pre-or post-cruise time soaking up history in the city’s museums, parks, galleries, and palaces. Many cruise itineraries are available from Southampton; for example, an 11-day London to Rome cruise may include port calls in Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy. Or choose a ship that sails north to the Norwegian fjords or the capital cities around the Baltic Sea.

Hong Kong. Spread over several small islands, Hong Kong’s immense skyscrapers are surrounded by stunning natural beauty. There are markets and monasteries to visit, mountain peaks to hike, museums to tour, incredible street food to sample – even the world’s longest escalator to ride. A boat tour of Victoria Harbour is one of the best ways to enjoy views of the skyline, by day or night. Among the many cruise options is a four-day itinerary that will take you to Vietnam’s beautiful Halong Bay and back.

Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona is a city of amazing architecture, from the remains of a Roman temple in the Gothic Quarter to the otherworldly works of Antoni Gaudi. There are fabulous restaurants and cafes, designer boutiques, beautiful parks, and museums devoted to the works of Picasso and Miro. Before or after exploring the city, enjoy a Mediterranean cruise: a five-day itinerary can take you to Nice, Monaco, Naples, and the island of Corsica.

Cape Town, South Africa. Nestled on Africa’s southwestern coast, Cape Town offers the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, lined with shops, restaurants, and attractions. Take a hike up Lion’s Head or Signal Hill or ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain to enjoy stunning views. Ships embark from Cape Town on a variety of African itineraries – popular ports of call include South Africa’s Durban and Namibia’s Walvis Bay.

There are so many more global home ports (and great cruises) to choose from; for guidance, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

An Array of Cruise Ship Dining Options

Years ago, there was really only one choice for dining on a cruise ship – the main dining room, a sit-down, banquet-style restaurant with multicourse menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner (a midnight buffet was common, too). Each passenger would have an assigned dining time and table, getting to know their tablemates throughout the cruise – the beginning of many enduring friendships.

With elegant surroundings and favorite dishes from a mix of cuisines, main dining rooms are still a popular onboard dining choice. But while the dining room endures, most ships now offer other options for any meal. This provides more choice and flexibility, but can be a little confusing when you first step on board. Here are a few pointers that can help.

As an alternative to the main dining room, most ships offer a casual buffet on the Lido Deck (where the main swimming pool is located). With a variety of main dishes, sides and desserts, the buffet is quick and convenient. And, while you should wear more than your swimsuit, you don’t need to dress up as much as you do for the dining room. (Note that the COVID-19 pandemic means cruise ship buffets will no longer be self-serve; instead, and your choices will be plated and brought to you.)

Many ships now have one or more small alternative restaurants, too. They often specialize in a specific cuisine prepared in gourmet style and are wonderful for special occasions and “date nights.” While most other dining choices are generally included in your cruise fare, alternative restaurants often have a modest cover charge and require reservations.

If you like to dine in private or need an afternoon snack, try room service. It’s usually available from early morning to late night, if not 24 hours. Menus often include Continental breakfast, snacks, sandwiches, salads, pizza, and perhaps some special entrees for a small extra fee.

On larger cruise ships, you may find pubs and coffee shops that also serve food for much of the day. Some luxury ships have restaurants that specialize in spa cuisine or are accessible only to suite passengers.

Even the main dining room is changing with the times: some now let passengers choose between an assigned dining time and table and open seating, which means you can arrive when you like and sit at a different table each time.

To choose your next cruise with the type of dining experiences you’re looking for in mind, ask Anita, your professional travel advisor, for some recommendations.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

New Types of Shore Excursions

Today’s cruise ships have fabulous features to keep you entertained onboard, but many people cruise for what’s on shore as much as what’s on board. Shore excursions can be the most memorable part of a cruise, and more of them are being designed to provide active, cultural, and educational experiences. Here are some examples of new types of shore excursions being offered on a growing number of itineraries.

Food excursions. It’s fun to learn about and taste the authentic local cuisine. Look for culinary shore excursions that visit a farm, restaurant, or cooking school. Some even start with a trip to a market to select ingredients for a favorite local dish, followed by watching – or even helping – a trained chef prepare it.

Sustainability excursions. Many shore excursions emphasize the appreciation and preservation of nature and some cruise lines take care to work with local tour operators who are committed to reducing any impact on the environment. Some excursions take this a step further by offering “voluntourism” opportunities that will get you involved in community-based, eco-focused projects.

Active excursions. It’s delightful to take a bus tour to see the sights of a port city, but if you like to be active, many cruise itineraries offer heart-pumping alternatives. Look for excursions that will take you hiking, biking, golfing, canoeing, kayaking, ziplining, snorkeling or diving; if you’re sailing to Alaska or Norway, how about glacier trekking or dog sledding? (Tip: You might want to schedule a massage in the spa the day after an active excursion!)

Nighttime excursions. Instead of a sunset sail away, some cruise itineraries offer overnight stays in popular ports. They’ll offer excursions that will introduce you to the local nightlife, which might include dining, dancing, listening to music, catching a cultural performance, or going to a street festival.

Overland excursions. If a cruise port brings you close to an inland site you’re longing to see (think the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, or the Taj Mahal), find out if the ship offers an overland excursion; if the ship stays overnight in port, you may be in luck. The excursion will include transportation, dining, a hotel room, and whatever else you need to enjoy the inland attraction.

If you like the sound of one of more of these types of shore excursions, ask Anita, your professional travel advisor, for help selecting a cruise that offers some of these wonderful onshore experiences.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

There are Reason Why These Destinations are Popular

As cruise lines make plans to restart operations, cruise fans are looking forward to sailing once again to their favorite destinations. If you haven’t made plans for your next cruise yet, consider one of these perennial favorites.

The Caribbean

The beautiful, blue waters of the Caribbean Sea are a year-round cruise destination. It’s close to home for many North Americans; Caribbean cruises sail from numerous ports along the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf of Mexico. The diverse islands of the Caribbean range from flat to mountainous, and sandy white beaches, turquoise water, and coral reefs are common features. The Caribbean also has lots of history and culture – the legacies of indigenous peoples, Africans, and European colonists – that make shore excursions beyond the beaches quite interesting.

Alaska

Alaska is rugged, and some of its most stunning scenery is actually best seen from a cruise ship. It’s smart to keep your camera ready to take photos at all times. There are misty forests, steep-walled fjords, majestic mountains and glaciers that glow with deep blue and green colors – not to mention the charming and colorful ports of call. You might also be lucky enough to photograph some incredible wildlife onshore, in the sea, or in the air, ranging from bald eagles and bears to orca and humpback whales. Many Alaskan cruises depart from Seattle or Vancouver.

Mexico

Both of Mexico’s coastlines, along the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, are popular for cruising. Gulf of Mexico cruises visit the Yucatan Peninsula and the “Riviera Maya,” where port calls in Progreso, Cozumel, or Playa del Carmen provides time to enjoy the beaches or visit Mayan cultural sites. The famous Mexican Riviera along the Pacific hums with activity; you can choose from beach time, shopping, water sports, golf, and other activities. Popular stops include Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Acapulco.

The Mediterranean

Getting to and from a Mediterranean cruise requires some longer flights, but it’s worth the trip. With thousands of miles of shoreline, this sea is touched by some of Europe’s most historic and beautiful cities, including Barcelona, Marseilles, Rome (though it’s a little inland), Naples, Venice, Dubrovnik, and Athens. The climate and food are wonderful, and the port cities are packed with historic sites, museums, galleries, and famous buildings. This is also an excellent choice for island lovers; sail the Greek Isles or choose an itinerary that includes Capri, Corsica, or Mallorca.

Talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor, about these and other wonderful destinations for your next cruise.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Being Considerate of the Crew

Cruise lines are proud of their reputations for excellent onboard service – and that requires a hard-working crew. While on a cruise vacation you should focus on having a wonderful time, but don’t forget to appreciate the crew members who make it possible for you to do so.

Cruise ship crews include an amazing variety of skilled professionals. They clean, cook, serve, mix drinks, do laundry, entertain, keep accounts, and lead activities. The crew also includes carpenters, engineers, electricians, officers, and – of course – the captain. Each of them is worthy of your appreciation. And if you want to go beyond basic politeness and really help the crew remember you fondly, here are some tips:

Learn and use the names of the crew members who serve you. Your room steward, in particular, will learn your name and call you by it, and it’s courteous to return the favor.

Take a moment to chat. If a crew member isn’t in a hurry, politely ask where they’re from, how long they’ve worked on the ship, which shore excursions they recommend, or other small talk.

Share a smile. Crew members don’t always have time to talk with you, but a smile can be just as effective. A smile lets the crew know you’re happy and enjoying yourself, which means they are doing their jobs well.

Keep your stateroom tidy. Cleaning and refreshing staterooms are hard work, and your room steward will appreciate any attempt to keep things orderly. This can be as easy as hanging up your clothes rather than leaving them on the floor or the furniture (your clothes will appreciate it, too).

If you have any special needs, make sure the crew knows. For example, if you requested a special diet when you made your cruise reservation, ask your server if he or she is aware. It’s always good to double-check.

Say “thank you.” We all forget to say “thank you” at times, such as when we’re busy having fun. So, try to remember to say it every time a crew member brings you something or responds to your question.

Give a great review. When you’re truly impressed by a crew member, make sure you give them a great review. Mention them by name in your post-cruise survey, leave a note about them at the guest services desk, or send the cruise line an email.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Winter Holiday Destinations

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It's that time of year where the sky gets darker earlier, and people start to put lights on their houses, and towns begin to look a little brighter. The holidays are a special time of the year; we've come up with a list of places that go all out to celebrate!

Christmas

Woodstock, Vermont

Named one of the "prettiest small towns in America" and included on the Yankee's list of "Best Christmas Celebrations in New England," Woodstock is a must-see during the holidays. It has become a popular destination, especially during its annual Wassail Weekend event. What you can expect if you visit during this festive weekend:

Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth is located to the east of the Cascade Mountains in North Central Washington. The snowy landscape's incredible views with over half a million sparkling lights make this Bavarian-style town a must-see destination during the holidays. Here are some things you can expect to see and do on your visit to Leavenworth:

Shopping

  • Concerts
  • Craft Fairs
  • A parade followed by a community outdoor yule log
  • Great food (Christmas themed appetizers and desserts found at many of the restaurants)
  • Horse-drawn wagon tours
  • Performances by carolers
  • The famous Christmastime Wassail Feast: A fun, medieval-style pageant.
  • The Woodstock Inn & Resort: Known for its charm, elegance, and coziness. This beautiful inn welcomes travelers from all over. It's also a crowd favorite for Christmas dinner!

Entertainment

  • With many unique boutiques and galleries to choose from, Leavenworth is excellent for holiday shopping or if you want to pick up some holiday home décor for yourself.
  • Nutcracker Museum: This is a two-story building filled with thousands of nutcrackers (about 7,000) from 50 different countries. You might find yourself in amazement as you view the nutcrackers and the details they hold. You can even participate in a nutcracker scavenger hunt: this is an excellent activity for the kids, but adults are welcome to join the fun too!
  • Reindeer Farm: Head to the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm, where you can pet and feed the reindeer while you learn about these cute creatures and the history of the family farm.
  • Christmas shows: You can find live performances from breakout solo artists as well as local high school choirs and professional choirs. You can also hear carolers as they sing throughout the streets and check out live authentic Bavarian music at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, where you can listen to handbell concerts, Celtic yuletide songfest, and bluegrass.
  • The Christmas Lighting Ceremony: When the sun sets, you'll hear the alphorns that signals everyone to head to the Town Square for the Christmas Lighting Ceremony to witness all the lights turn on.
  • Christkindlmarkt: A Bavarian-style outdoor Christmas market with plenty of homemade arts and crafts, family entertainment, and German eats! This event typically takes place the weekend after Thanksgiving.
  • Lantern Parade: Join the fun as families carry their handcrafted glowing lanterns and follow Mr. And Mrs. Claus through the town to a Gazebo where they hold the Christkindlmarkt to welcome everyone and to kick off the holiday season!

Food/Drinks

  • Breweries: Check out the local breweries where the beer they brew in Leavenworth is all made from local ingredients (even the water they use is local).
  • Wineries: If you're more into wine, head to the wineries and go wine tasting!
  • There are plenty of food options, such as The Sausage Garten. You'll also want to check out the Gingerbread Factory Desserts: Here, there are all things gingerbread, from gingerbread houses to ice cream sandwiches with gingersnap cookies.

Outdoors

  • Front Street Park: Front Street Park has a sloping lawn that turns into a sledding hill when it snows.
  • Leavenworth Ski Hill: This is great for the more advanced kids to go tubing down or launch off the ski jump!
  • Sleigh Rides: Experience a sleigh ride through Leavenworth's downtown area or take a ride to the local farm for some incredible views of the mountains.

Natchitoches, Louisianna

Natchitoches, pronounced "Nack-a-tish," is home to one of the country's oldest community-based celebrations. With six weeks to celebrate the holiday season that begins the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the town lights up with more than 300,000 lights and over 100 displays to brighten up the streets.

Entertainment

  • The Parade: Join the fun and watch the parade that starts at the Northwestern State University and goes through the Historic District. You'll hear bands from the university and local high schools playing and see dancing groups, themed floats, costumed characters, the Christmas Belles, Miss Natchitoches, the Christmas Angels, Miss City of Lights, and Miss Merry Christmas!
  • Firework Shows: Expect to see an incredible firework show every Saturday from the Saturday before Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve!
  • Christmas Festival Poster: Every year, artists from around the country submit their artwork in hopes of having their design become that year's poster for the holiday event. They have become great gifts for visitors to bring home to their families. They also raise money from the posters' sales to provide three scholarships at Northwestern State University for students in the Creative and Performing Arts program.
  • Christmas Festival: The big event is the Christmas Festival, which typically begins the first Saturday in December. You can expect to see a parade in the early part of the day, followed by an arts and crafts show, food vendors, live entertainment, and fireworks all along the riverfront! The festival has been ranked 3rd "Best Holiday Light Show," right behind the Rockefeller Center and Disneyland by Yahoo! Travel.

Food

  • Specialties: You can't go to Natchitoches without trying their iconic meat pies and creamy eggnog daiquiris! You'll also find funnel cakes, cotton candy, hamburgers, alligator, and many more options!


Frankenmuth, Michigan

If you love Christmas, add Frankenmuth to your list of places to visit. This city was named one of the "9 Most Christmassy Towns in America" by TIME and is home to the world's largest Christmas store! Even more, they celebrate Christmas all year long.

Food

  • The Old Christmas Station: What once was a train depot in the 1920s is now known as the Old Christmas Station. This quaint café is filled with antique Christmas ornaments and offers an assortment of dishes. You can expect to find Swiss, Austrian, German, and French-inspired meals, but you'd be missing out if you skipped dessert. Chocolate mousse cake or Austrian apple strudel? Each dessert is made from scratch and uses the freshest ingredients.

Entertainment

  • Christkindlmarkt: A European inspired holiday market where you can find anything from baked goods, art, holiday décor, soaps, and many other creations from the local artists, bakers, and makers! You can find this market in Frankenmuth the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Shopping

  • Bronner's Christmas Wonderland: If you need to do some Christmas shopping, you need to stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. It's the world's largest Christmas store, the size of 1 and a half football fields, filled with trees, trims, and many goodies and trinkets!


St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine is a fabulous way to enjoy the holidays with various ways to enjoy the lighting presentation. Plus, it's typically warmer, which makes for an even more unique holiday experience!

Events

  • Nights of Lights: National Geographic ranks this town in the top ten holiday light displays in the world! You can view this event from an array of places: on the trolley or train; on the water on a 6-12 passenger boat, from above at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, go further and view St. Augustine in the Old City Helicopter, or if you're looking for something romantic you can get cozy and enjoy an evening on a carriage tour. Guided tours are also available to view the lights while also learning the history of St. Augustine.
  • St. Augustine Annual Art & Craft Festival: Typically, this event is hosted on Thanksgiving Weekend, where over 100 artists can sell their art and products. You can find an array of items from paintings, to handmade jewelry, to mixed media.
  • Luminary Night: This event is held at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum during the Nights of Lights event. There are various holiday fun stations throughout, but most importantly, you can grab your luminary kits - the community will light up all of the luminaries together in the Nights of Lights event.
  • Boat Parades: Head to the Palm Valley Boat Parade to watch boats pass by covered in holiday lights along Ponte Vedra Beach! Or Head to the Holiday of Regatta of Lights to view the ships between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos.
  • The Nutcracker: Watch as the St. Augustine's Ballet performs the Nutcracker.

Food/Drink

  • Night of Pints: While Night of Lights is happening, you can partake in Night of Pints, where local breweries offer a passport-style event. Grab your list and go beer hopping as you try seasonal beers nearby!
  • Wine & Carriage Tour: Enjoy the views of Night of Lights with a group of loved ones in the comfort of a carriage ride while pairing it with a bottle of wine to share.

Hanukkah

San Francisco, California

San Francisco is a large city, so there are many places you can celebrate Hanukkah. Here are a few worth visiting:

  • Chanukah Festival of Lights in Union Square: Celebrate Hanukkah around this 25-foot-tall menorah. You can come at night for the lighting ceremony, or hang out all day where you'll find kids' crafts, dreidel games, drinks, and on the last night, you'll find music and a big ceremony.
  • Hanukkah Party at Ghirardelli Square: Menorah lightings, crafts, dreidels, donuts, and much more!
  • Hanukkah at Pier 39: Celebrate around the 9-foot-tall menorah with colored glass, lit every day when the sun goes down.
  • Pop-Up Glowing Hanukkah Party: This is an off-site Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) event where people wear clothes that light up under the lights. There's music, treats, and many activities at surrounding locations.
  • Daily Lighting with JCCSF: Join the JCCSF to light the menorah every night along with live music, crafts, and stories for the little ones.


Budapest, Hungary

Home to the largest Jewish temple and one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe, Budapest decorates their streets in lights, and menorahs are set up in public areas. This city comes to life this time of year!

Every evening the giant menorah is lit at the Pest's Nyugati Square, where anyone is welcome to partake in the ceremony. The ceremony includes musical performances and traditional dances. You can find many gatherings around Budapest that will celebrate and enjoy family traditions, delicious foods, musical concerts, and games.

  • Gozsdu Udvar: This popular downtown location has many great spots for all ages to come to celebrate. You can find lighting ceremonies, live music, donuts, and much more!
  • Ice Skating: A fun tradition during Hanukkah has been to go ice skating at City Park next to Heroes' Square. With a view of Vajdahunyad Castle and the giant menorah placed in the middle of the ice rink, this has become a favorite way for people to celebrate!
  • Menorah Lighting Ceremonies: There are multiple places to view the lighting ceremony throughout Budapest, such as Nyugati Square. Be sure to enjoy a sufganiyot donut, a dough ball filled with jelly and dusted with powdered sugar, while viewing the lighting. If you decide to view the ceremony at Nyugati Square, you'll also be entertained with live music every evening of the ceremony.
  • Negyed7Negyed8 Festival: This translates into, District7District8, which is a festival that showcases a variety of events, such as film screenings and concerts, but mainly gives tours of the hidden spaces of their neighborhoods and encourages volunteering, donating, and helping one another.


Rome

Rome has one of the most historic Jewish quarters in Europe, with great food and community all around. Here are some events you can expect if you visit Rome during Hanukkah.

  • The lighting of the Menorah: If you head over to Piazza Barberini, you'll find a 20-foot, giant menorah that gets lit every night of Hanukkah. One of the more popular places to watch the daily lightings, Piazza Barberini also holds a big party with food, wine, and dancing! However, you can check out other menorah lighting ceremonies if you're not into larger crowds, such as the ceremony at Piazza Bologna.
  • Street Parties: Celebrate as the Jewish community joins together at Via del Portico d'Ottavia in Rome's Jewish Ghetto. This street party is filled with people dancing, and there are booths from Jewish organizations set up along the street. It's a beautiful way for the community to connect.
  • The Great Synagogue: If you're looking for dreidel games, arts and crafts, and performances, you'll want to make your way to the Great Synagogue of Rome. You can also hang out and participate in viewing the candle-lighting ceremony at the Piazza San Bartolomeo all'Isola, which is right in front of the Great Synagogue, and listen to the choir.
  • Food: Rome has a special version of the jelly donut that they indulge in during Hanukkah, called fritelle di Chanuka. They describe it as a sweet dough fritter that has raisins and anise seeds. It's then deep-fried and topped with honey. This is something you won't want to pass up!

London

  • Menorah Lightings: You can find the tallest menorah in London at Golders Green Station every evening. It's so tall that the Rabbi has to use a cherry picker to reach the candles! You can also head to Trafalgar Square or head to the Jewish Museum, where you'll find Chanukah related activities throughout the week.
  • Ice Skating: Go ice skating at the JW3, Jewish Community Center, with Ice Silent Disco with DJs, and of course, donuts and wine!

The Jewish community in London appreciates anyone and everyone who participates in a menorah lighting, no matter your walk of life and faith! If you want to learn more about the delicious foods eaten during Hanukkah or other aspects of London's tradition, they encourage you to join the Jewish Tour of Golders Green!


Los Angeles

If you're in the U.S. and want to experience Hanukkah, Los Angeles is a great place to visit. With such a large Jewish population and community, you're sure to find celebrations all around, from Orange County to the Valley. If you're in Orange County, make sure you check out the Fashion Island Menorah Lighting, this is the largest Menorah Lighting in the OC. Typically, there are live performances, donuts, face painting, crafts, games, and many more activities! There are plenty of activities for the little ones too. Some examples include:

  • Hanukkah concert & celebration at the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue
  • Jewish ID Hanukkah Party: Candle making, dancing, crafts, treats, etc.
  • Hanukkah Candle Workshop: The kids can create Hanukkah themed candles in different shapes and colors.

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, and many places around the world celebrate this occasion to welcome that days will soon begin to get longer again.

  • Glastonbury Tor; Glastonbury, England: In Glastonbury, the Winter Solstice is a spiritual experience. People gather at Glastonbury Tor, a man-made mound in southern England, where it's believed the mound was created to celebrate the sun. During the winter solstice, a person can stand on the top of a hill near the Glastonbury mound and watch as the sun rises from the base of Glastonbury Tor to the top of St. Michael's Tower at the pinnacle.
  • Burning Clocks Festival, Brighton, England: Another celebration in England is the Burning Clocks Festival. When the sun sets, people parade throughout the town holding lanterns made of wicker and tissue paper. The walk culminates at a bonfire, where the lanterns are tossed in to honor the year's end. And to top off the night, you can view a fireworks show.
  • Toji; Japan: If you're in Japan during the winter solstice, you may find yourself celebrating by taking a bath. Many Japanese celebrate the coming year by soaking in baths filled with yuzu fruits that bob on the surface of the water. This fruit is known to cleanse and to have healing properties. They believe that soaking with the yuzu fruit will ward off evil spirits and even the common cold.

No matter what you celebrate, many communities and celebrations are held all around the world. Maybe you've been to some, or perhaps you're inspired to celebrate from another country. Whatever it may be, it's our wish that you celebrate in a way that makes you feel fulfilled.