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“I Love Christmas! and I Love Savannah!” Says Innkeeper at Top-rated Bed and Breakfast in Savannah GA

Savannah B&B inn hostess | Photo (c) Green Palm Inn / Guy Smith

Savannah B&B inn hostess Diane McCray for Christmas in Savannah GA at the top-rated Green Palm Inn.

SAVANNAH Georgia (October 26, 2013) — “I Love Christmas! and I Love Savannah!” says Diane McCray, innkeeper at the top-rated Green Palm Inn cottage in the downtown historic district. Always, guests are invited into the heart of the inn. At the heart of this inn, there is love.

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”
–W.T. Ellis.

Consider a Bed and Breakfast Christmas Getaway

Savannah embraces the spirit of Christmas — not so much in big city commercial ways, but in respectful caring ways. This Christmas season Green Palm Inn’s small bed and breakfast will be oozing with heavenly cooking, heart-warming hospitality, and homespun times of merriment greeted by pedestal-worthy desserts, appetizers and festive wine.

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”
– Charles Schulz

Among historic Savannah’s best bed and breakfast inns, Green Palm Inn says, “We will!”

“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” — Harlan Miller in Better Homes and Gardens.

We are going to work on that for Christmas 2013 and winter 2014 — “bottle a little Christmas spirit”.

“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you . . . yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.” — Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Where to find the spirit of Christmas in Savannah?

“Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”
–  Oren Arnold

Christmas cookies in Savannah GA | Photo (c) Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast / Guy Smith

Christmas cookies at Savannah bed and breakfast inn — Green Palm Inn in the National Landmark Historic District in Savannah GA USA.

With a bevy of gifts in your heart, along your way stroll through garden squares bedecked with red ribbons. Hear Church bells ringing out Christmas carols and hymns mid-day.  Be uplifted by the twinkling tree lights along Broughton Street’s sidewalk. Stop in the quaint, uber local cafes, boutique shops, and wonderful upscale brands — Kate Spade, Banana Republic, GAP / GAP Kids / Gap Body, and Marc Jacobs — that make uptown Savannah shopping trips memorable. ** P.S. Guest parking is free at Green Palm Inn.

“There’s something about a Christmas sweater that will always make me laugh.” – Kristen Wiig

If you’re lucky enough to be in Savannah during the Christmas 2013 season, take advantage of the many fun activities.

“…It’s time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough.
For we need a little music,
Need a little laughter,
Need a little singing
Ringing through the rafter,
And we need a little snappy
“Happy ever after,”
Need a little Christmas now.” — Jerry Herman

December 2013

Remember This December,
That love weighs more than gold!
– Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

  • Ice skating is at the Savannah Civic Center. It usually begins early December through early January
  • December 3: Sizzling Salsa dance lessons with professional dancer Austin Williams, Telfair Academy of Art rotunda
  • December 5: Salsa Dance Party, Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center
  • December 6: Dr. Zhivago (1965 movie), Lucas Theatre
  • December 7 – 8: Cool Yule Holiday Gift Store Celebration & Artist Trunk Show, Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center gift store
  • December 13-14: Savannah Philharmonic, Holiday Pops, St. John’s Cathedral
  • December 14: Family FREE Day, Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center, 1-4 p.m.
  • December 14: A Christmas Story (1983 movie), Lucas Theatre

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. –”Ebenezer Scrooge”, in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

  • December 19 – 21: On Stage at the Lucas, Christmas Cabaret
  • December 20: Luminary Night with Santa, Skidaway Island State Park, 6-8 p.m.
  • December 21: First Day of Winter
  • December 24 (Tuesday):  ** Christmas Eve ** Many historic churches downtown hold midnight services with music.

Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart … filled it, too, with melody that would last forever. — Bess Streeter Aldrich in “Song of Years”.

  • December 25 (Wednesday): ** Christmas Day **

And is it true? And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,
A Baby in an in ox’s stall?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Became a Child on earth for me?
–  Sir John Betjeman (1954).

  • December 31 (Tuesday): ** New Year’s Eve *

January 2014

  • January 1: ** New Year’s Day ** Happy New Year!
  • January 11: SCAD Cinema Circle presents ‘Bonnie and Clyde‘ (1967), Trustees Theatre
  • January 12: Sleeping Beauty Russian ballet, Savannah Civic Center
  • January 16 – 18: The Savannah Tire Ice Hockey Classic, Savannah Civic Center
  • January 20 (Monday): ** Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday **
  • January 24 – February 2: Savannah Restaurant Week
  • January 24: Pierre Gonnord photography exhibition: ‘Portraying the South’, SCAD Museum of Art, in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Atlanta
  • January 29 – February 2: PULSE Art & Technology Festival 2014, Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center

What brought innkeepers Diane and Gary to Savannah?

For innkeepers Diane and Gary the love affair with Savannah began before arriving in America’s most beautiful city. It began when they decided to escape the snow of Michigan.  Savannah’s semi-tropical climate and finding Green Palm Inn on the market made for a perfect way to make a smooth move to a warmer setting.  Diane has translated her service- and customer-centric corporate talents to please bed and breakfast travelers.

…We’re hereby anointing this little Georgian city with the coveted title of “Southernmost City of Eye-Pleasing Appeal We’ve Visited Thus Far On Our Little Tour”.  Eye Candy: Huge oak trees ornamented with Spanish moss hanging like tinsel from a Christmas tree, giving shady cover to the antebellum mansions genteely separated by cobbled walkways and grassy parks bejeweled with lazy fountains and commanding monuments. It’s all so nice. — travelinvan.com

Recommended reading:
- Christmas Bliss, by Mary Kay Andrews
- Savannah Christmas, by  authors Kimberly Ergul and Holley Jaakkola, and photographer Richard Johnson

Copyright © 2013 Green Palm Inn / Sandy Traub

More Christmas quotes –

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store” -Dr. Seuss

Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand. –Dr. Seuss.

“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.” — Harlan Miller in Better Homes and Gardens.

The outdoor Christmas lights, green and red and gold and blue and twinkling, remind me that most people are that way all year round — kind, generous, friendly and with an occasional moment of ecstasy. But Christmas is the only time they dare reveal themselves. — Harlan Miller in Better Homes and Gardens.

When the song of the angel is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost — To heal the broken — To feed the hungry —
To release the prisoner — To rebuild the nations —
To bring peace among brothers and sisters —
To make music in the heart. — Howard Thurman

Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide–open–heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years… Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart. — George Matthew Adams in “The Christmas Heart”.

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!
– Hamilton Wright Mabie, American essayist, editor, critic, and lecturer.

Christmas! ‘Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.
Washington Irving

For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.
–W. J. Tucker in Pulpit Preaching.

For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.
– W. J. Tucker in Pulpit Preaching.

It is Christmas in the mansion,
Yule-log fires and silken frocks;
It is Christmas in the cottage,
Mother’s filling little socks.
It is Christmas on the highway,
In the thronging, busy mart;
But the dearest, truest Christmas
Is the Christmas in the heart.
– Anonymous

What can I give him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man,
I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give him —
Give my heart. — Christina G. Rossetti.

So if a Christian is touched only once a year, the touching is still worth it, and maybe on some given Christmas, some quiet morning, the touch will take. –Harry Reasoner

“The Christmas spirit — love — changes hearts and lives.”
– Pat Boone

Cozy comforts and love-filled holidays are what’s in store at this newsworthy / schmoozeworthy bed and breakfast cottage located in Savannah’s downtown historic district.

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? –  Bob Hope

So, if one really loves Christmas and loves Savannah, what else does one do? Aglow for the holidays are the seamen’s original fireplaces in our inn’s living room, dining room — even a bathroom (as you’ll can see in the inn’s video, “The Softer Side of Savannah”).

“The outdoor Christmas lights, green and red and gold and blue and twinkling, remind me that most people are that way all year round–kind, generous, friendly and with an occasional moment of ecstasy. But Christmas is the only time they dare reveal themselves.” — Harlan Miller

“One thing I love about Christmas music is that it has a tradition of warmth.” – Zooey Deschanel

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