When we moved to California from Utah, one thing I really missed was how the cold and snow helped it feel like Christmas. I love, love living by the beach and developing new warm weather Christmas traditions, but I still need some traditions to get me in the Christmas spirit.
Last year we did a little weekend getaway in Big Bear and went tubing, played in the snow, snuggled up in our little log cabin that we rented, and it was perfect. We wanted to go again this year, but snow activities are tough with a baby, and since we weren’t going with friends or family there wouldn’t be anyone to trade babies with while we played in the snow.
We were trying to come up with a good alternative when the Mission Inn hotel invited us down for a weekend getaway. It’s located in the city of Riverside, about an hour from our house, so it was easy to sneak away. They host the well known Festival of Lights at and around the hotel that draws huge crowds. We went with Philip’s parents a few years ago, so it was fun to be back and stay a few days.
Our first night, they delivered hot cocoa and cupcakes to our room before bed. I’m pretty particular about my hot cocoa, and this stuff was to die for. The boys loved the giant pile of whipped cream it came with, and although they drank lots of cocoa too, they spent a lot of time sticking their fingers in the cream and licking it off.
The room also had a snow globe that wound up and played music. I don’t know that my kids had ever seen a real snow globe since we don’t own any, and they were all completely enamored by it.