Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Elegant Miracles of Christmas in Savannah, Georgia: An Entertaining White Christmas From Zeigler House Inn's Masterful Southern Hostess

White Christmas in Savannah GA
at Zeigler House Inn on beautiful
Jones Street in the historic district.
SAVANNAH, Georgia -- For holiday season 2015, Zeigler House Inn will present a White Christmas, one depicting Savannah, Georgia, with a focus on the pure spirit of Christmas -- faith, hospitality, love, family, traditions, music, genteel fun, and so much more.

It does not take even the first time Savannah visitor very long to realize that southerners enjoy getting visual. And, we like our southern storytelling, social entertaining, and delicious food! In Christmas All Through the South, Southern Living surmises, "each [Christmas season] event ... tells a highly visual story of local Southern traditions and classic holiday parties." Yes, that's the way it is here at Zeigler House Inn, in our favorite places, and when mingling with our favorite people.

Johnny Mercer, a Savannah native, wrote brief song stanzas, so often the very sentiments that we are left speechless to say.

For example, he penned lyrics for three little known Christmas songs -- Christmas Hymn, The Christmas Spirit, and Miracle of Christmas (1969).* Here is a portion of Miracle of Christmas.
"...The miracle of Christmas
Is a door that opens wide,
A family around a tree inside
And wise men, too, like me and you,
Still thank that star above ---
The miracle of Christmas
Is the miracle of love."
-- Johnny Mercer
Perhaps the idea of a White Christmas could be thought of as a pure Christmas, the Miracle of Christmas, rather than simple the color white or images drizzled with snow. 

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day historic churches in Savannah's National Landmark Historic District truly offer "a door that opens wide" to welcome strangers wishing to celebrate the joyful season.  Zeigler House Inn's welcoming hospitality to our lodging guests carries this spirit of "a door that opens wide" also.

This southern city, laced in rich traditions, offers dozens of ways to celebrate the Christmas season in Savannah style ... even for those seeking a White Christmas. 

Entertaining Events: Christmas is a Most Wonderful Time of the Year to be nostalgic! 

Friday, November 27, 2015, 8:00 pm. See the movie Elf (2003) at the historic Lucas Theatre in downtown Savannah's historic district. Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

November 28, 2015, 8:00 p.m. See the nostalgic movie, White Christmas (1954) on the big screen at the Lucas Theatre. Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys’ commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what’s the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that’s sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!  Note: This Free screening benefits the America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, and the Humane Society of Greater Georgia. Admission is free, but sponsors ask that you donate non-perishable items to the Second Harvest, and pet supplies to the Humane Society.

Warm Winter vacation in Savannah Georgia features spirit of White Christmas
A sneak peek of Zeigler House Inn's
elegant white Savannah Christmas
Zeigler House Inn is a lodging sponsor for the Savannah Philharmonic. A winter season favorite, Holiday Pops, returns for the seventh season, bringing magic, joy, and warmth of the season with the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, soloists, and special guests at the Lucas Theatre, Friday December 11 (7:30 pm) and Saturday December 12 at 7 pm.

Thursday - Saturday, December 17-19, 2015, 8:00 pm.  Foregoing the chill and snow, Savannah's Christmas Cabaret presents an evening of favorite carols and holiday jazz on a Winter Wonderland stage at the historic Lucas Theatre.

A don't miss entertainment attraction any time of year, A Christmas Tradition showcases live holiday glitz and glimmer on the Savannah Theatre stage -- November 26 - December 26, 2015. Overlooking Chippewa Square, the oldest theater in America is transformed into a picturesque holiday scene. Christmas standards fill the air. Sprinkle in a little comedy and audience participation for one of city's most popular entertainment attractions. Check the schedule for matinee and evening performances.

Fascination and curiosity are in the love mix of the happy, multi-cultural spirit of holidays in Savannah. How do others view Savannah?

Wouldn't you love to read the draft "Down in Old Savannah" written by well-known African poet Langston Hughes (1902-1967)?

How can one forget the Savannah Christmas portrayed in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It was the lavish, annual holiday spectacular, requiring VIP invitations, thrown by Jim Williams at his home, Mercer House on Monterey Square.

We could easily cuddle up with a mug of hot chocolate reading Christmas Bliss A Novel written by Mary Kay Andrews. She teases with "‘Twas the night before Christmas, and Savannah was breezy...."

Stanley Weintraub's General Sherman's Christmas gives the history buff fresh insights into the Civil War surrender of Savannah to the Union forces. "Three days before Christmas, the mayor, Richard Arnold, surrendered the city, populated now mostly by women and children and slaves who had not fled. Then General Sherman telegraphed to Abraham Lincoln, 'I beg to present you as a Christmas-gift the city of Savannah.' The end of the long war was in sight. The siege of Savannah took place as its inhabitants were preparing for Christmas, and Stanley Weintraub explores what remained of the holiday in the South by the last full year of the war. On Christmas Eve, the 33rd Massachusetts Regiment band serenaded Sherman and 'a constant stream' of freed slaves filed by the house he had taken over for his headquarters. That he had come at Christmas was immensely symbolic to them."  Savannah visitors can see the Meldrim-Green Mansion located on Madison Square. The lavish home served as General Sherman's headquarters while in Savannah (December 1864)

Zeigler House Inn's guests will receive personal updates on the best Savannah happenings, and based on their interests, more ideas for a memorable Christmas in Savannah!

Contact Tonya or Jackie Heinz for more insider tips to expand your Savannah holiday trip. The inn's lodging rate includes parking, in-room daily breakfast, desserts, refreshing beverages, Wi-Fi, a local orientation, plus a well-connected local's recommendations for attractions, transportation, and entertainment. Friday and Saturday also includes hors d'oeuvres and social hours.

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* If you're not familiar with the name Johnny Mercer, he wrote the lyrics to "Autumn Leaves", "Hooray for Hollywood", "Ac-Cen-Chu-Ate the Positive", and "Days of Wine and Roses" plus about one thousand more tunes, many included in the American Songbook.  

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