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The Best Holiday Ritual Ever

Holiday Ritual

  by Emily Prentiss
Leisure Consultant
Valerie Wilson Travel
New York, New York

Emily Prentiss photo
I arrived in the charming ski village of Megève, France on the last day of a snowstorm that blanketed the area with an excess of four feet of powdery welcomed snow. Not only was it the opening weekend of ski season, but on Saturday evening, in one of the most awaited winter events in Megève, I was fortunate to partake in the illumination of the spectacular Christmas tree in the village's renowned central square. The tree was adorned with thousands of luminous blue and silver bulbs, icicles and flashing stars, typically decorated with Swarovski crystal. While joyous Megèvans sang festive French songs and music filtered amidst the crisp evening air, we sipped bubbly champagne that was freely poured and committed to memory one of the most joyous holiday events that I have experienced.

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