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Best Places in the US for Thanksgiving Experience
07 Nov 2017PLACESBY SweetEscape

Did you know? Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November by having a turkey feast with friends and family. To get the happy vibe of this holiday, there are a few places in America worth visiting.

New York

Since 1924, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held annually every Thanksgiving Day. People line up on the sides of the road to watch like a snake from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Macy's flagship store in Herald Square. It features parade floats with specific themes, scenes from Broadway plays, large balloons of cartoon characters, TV personalities, and high school marching bands. The float that traditionally ends the Macy's Parade is the Santa Claus float, which signals of the beginning of the Christmas season. Did you know? This parade is the biggest parade in the world!

Disneyland Orlando

Speaking of parades, The Walt Disney World Resort or better known as Disneyland Orlando, has one of the best. Every afternoon, you can watch the thrilling Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade through the streets of Magic Kingdom park. This grand gala includes spectacular, state-of-the-art floats starring Characters from some of your favorite Disney stories, plus colorfully costumed performers on stilts, pendulums and swings. You can see Disney Princesses, Maleficent, Captain Hook, and of course, Mickey and the gang. But before you watch the parade, there are four theme parks and two water parks you can have fun in at the happiest place on Earth.

Chicago

In Chicago, a parade called McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade also decorate the streets with more than 100 different groups walk down the parade route, made up of Giant Inflatables, Specialty Units, Equestrian Units, Marching Bands, and Floats. The mascot of the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade is Teddy Turkey who even has his own Twitter and Facebook page! The best feature is the giant balloons of well-known cartoon characters such as Elmo, Paddington Bear, Garfield, Pac-Man, and others. But you’ll never know which ones you’ll see until the day. How exciting!

Washington

There is no major parade in the capital city, but the city has its own cool events. You can have Thanksgiving dinner at restaurants; watch live performances such as The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, Season's of Light, Twas the Night Before Christmas and a variety of unique holiday shows; see Christmas lights; or visit ICE! - a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 blocks of ice hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans.

Whichever city you visit, whether there is a parade or not, Thanksgiving in America will always be full of joy. You cannot miss any moment here in such a festive celebration. If you have two hours to spare, don't forget to have our photographer capture your every moment to make your Thanksgiviing memorable!

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by Feldy for SweetEscape in Washington DC

by Feldy for SweetEscape in Washington DC
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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

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3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!