A Texan New Year – Part 1

With a few extra days off from work and school, the family headed southwest to the great state of Texas for some culture, science, friends and great food! The warmer weather was a big plus, too.

Third and Final Christmas

After a trip up north and some quality time at home, we celebrated a third and final Christmas with the Tucker side of the family!

Christmas at Home!

For the first time in a very long while, we were at our own home for Christmas, and it was glorious! We had the turkey dinner we missed on Thanksgiving while in Finland, the kids all played nicely, and Santa made it a special day!

A Pre-Christmas Christmas

This year, we started the Christmas festivities in CT – complete with great family, yummy food, rambunctious kids and good, ol’ gag gifts. It was a whirlwind weekend that, as a bonus, ended with some Star Wars and Frozen 2!

Hanging in Santa Claus Village

Santa Claus Village was a super fun place to be based for a couple days. While the activities like husky sleds, reindeers and snowmobiling were a thrill, the village itself had a lot to take in, too. Here’s what went down at the Arctic Circle.

Merry Christmas from the Family!

Hope everyone enjoys the holiday and new year festivities! It’s been one heck of a ride this year, and we’re looking forward to continuing the crazy in 2020!

Arctic Circle Fun

While Helsinki provided some city fun, and visiting Santa was a real treat, there was tons more to do in Finland, and specifically the Arctic Circle, where the lows got down to a chilling 5 degrees. But, armed with warm winter gear and the occasional hot chocolate or spiked gloggi, we were good to go!

Visiting Santa at the “North Pole”

While people may realize that Santa Claus comes from Finland, few get the chance to meet the big man near his home. We were fortunate enough to make the trek to his secret forest – Joulukka – outside the town of Rovaniemi (where we stayed at Santa Claus Village, of course). In what seemed like…

Hei, Helsinki!

We were off to see Santa Claus in the Arctic Circle (i.e., the North Pole) during Thanksgiving week, but we first got acclimated to the gem of a city – Helsinki! We took a bus tour to get a lay of the land, and explored central Helsinki by foot and even by ferris wheel…