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Family Traditions in Wilmington, North Carolina

Merry Christmas (Eve) to everyone!

My friends in Wilmington, North Carolina were kind enough to share their Christmas tradition of taking the family Christmas card picture at the beach! Wilmington is a port city known more locally for it’s festivals and movie studio. I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of the things there are in Wilmington because it is a unique little “big” city.

In the spring it is home to the Azalea Festival which is a showcase for the community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history, and culture through recreational, educational and family-oriented events. The Festival encourages volunteerism and civic participation as it contributes to the region’s economy and promotes the unique qualities of Wilmington’s river-to-the-sea community. The flowers are gorgeous and EVERYWHERE! Here is a link if you would like to learn more:


In the fall you will find Riverfest which is located in the same spot in downtown Wilmington as the Azalea Festival. This festival came about out of a desire of locals to bring people back to the downtown area. You can read more about the annual Riverfest here:


At both you will find amazing one of a kind, hand crafted items, a variety of foods, music, and activities for the kids that people come from miles around to experience.

Wilmington is also home to a movie studio! Hard to believe, but shows like One Tree Hill, Under the Dome, and Sleepy Hollow aren’t filmed in Hollywood, they are filmed right here on the Crystal Coast! I understand there is a tour… I will have to take that the next time I am in town! Here is a link if you would like to learn more:


There is also an aquarium right down the road in Fort Fisher and a rich history in the downtown area but yeah yeah yeah, who needs all that stuff when there is a beautiful beach?? When you live so close to such a beautiful coastline, there really is no other way to take your annual Christmas photos. Here are a few of them now:



expecting a baby sister…

She's here!

She’s here!

These pictures are from quite a while ago, here are some more recent shots:


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope you are all with loved ones and enjoying some well deserved time off of work.


~Traveling Sam

Jacksonville, North Carolina

I decided to do some exploring today since I am very fragile and did not want to get trampled on in a store being that it is Black Friday and all here in the states. I thought the first logical place to visit would be the beach since I am in Eastern North Carolina.

The sun seemed to be rising as we drove so we were worried we would miss the main event! This is what it looked like when we arrived.

The sun seemed to be rising as we drove so we were worried we would miss the main event! This is what it looked like when we arrived.

It was a very chilly when we arrived but it was very much worth it once the sun started to rise over the water! Here’s another shot from when we were waiting…


And waiting…


Finally it began to peek over the clouds! Absolutely gorgeous!


We also took some time to look on the beach and found some creatures washed ashore:

very large horseshoe crab.

very large horseshoe crab.



One more of the beautiful sunrise before we move on…

The next stop was a local park that my host would frequent as a child that happens to be next to an inlet.

Here are a few shots from there:


I promise I didn't look directly into the sun, mom!

I promise I didn’t look directly into the sun, mom!

Autumn is still happening here!

Autumn is still happening here!

You know you're in the south when...

You know you’re in the south when…

We also visited another area, however that one requires a blog of it’s own that will post tomorrow. What sights did you get to see this week? I’d love to see them! Tweet me and I’ll RT!