Holiday Happiness at the Titanic Pigeon Forge

 

I love the Christmas season with it’s cold crisp weather, lots of parties to go to with yummy food and of course the decorations. Recently I got to experience a great holiday treat at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge , Tennessee.

 

If you’re a regular reader then you know that back in May I was invited to visit the Titanic to view the unveiling of the world famous Hartley violin which was played by Wallace Hartley. If you haven’t you can read the post here. That is probably the highlight of my blogging career because I got to be a part of history along with my children and husband. In fact when I told my youngest daughter’s teacher why she would be missing her last day of school she told me that this would be something that Emily would be telling her children and probably grandchildren about.

 

So on a cold Saturday afternoon we set out for Pigeon Forge. Now this is the first time we were visiting since our youngest son, Gabriel , had gotten his wheelchair. (Gabriel has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), You can learn about SMA here.) so we weren’t sure how he would do. I am happy to say that he did awesome. Thanks to its wide open floor plan, smooth wooden floors ,flat carpet and a spacious elevator I would not hesitate to recommend a visit to Titanic Museum to anyone with special needs.

 

The grand staircase which is actually built to the same size as the one on the ship was beautifully decorated for the holidays with swags of greenery, big golden bows, twinkling lights and gorgeous decorations throughout.

 

My favorite however was the first class stateroom. It was decorated just like it would have been in 1912 complete with a huge evergreen tree with golden ribbons, decorations and the fireplace decorated as well. I can only imagine what Christmas might have been like if she had been sailing at that time of year. 1912 was only two years before the start of what was then called The Great War or World War I. A few interesting facts from that historic year for you to enjoy and impress your friends with. The coolest one is the Titanic would be the first ship to send a radio SOS before it sank on April 14th 1912. The first electric self-starter for automobiles introduced – you didn’t need to go out and crank the car to start by turning a heavy handle. I wonder how many arms were saved by this device? Can you imagine having to go out everyday and literally turn the motor to your vehicle every morning? I got a feeling that a lot of us would using the local public transportation if we had to do that still! Also that year the electric blanket was invented! Yea since I have tendency to have super cold feet and a nice warm bed is always welcome.

After stopping to stick our hands in the water that was the same temperature as the frigid Atlantic waters, we continued our journey where we met Princess Camille, the Titanic Holiday Princess. Gabriel fell head over heels for her. In fact he went looking for her several times, he went to look for her five times! She was super sweet and asked about Gabriel, his wheelchair and SMA.

Soon we had a quick supper because the “coolest” thing was about to happen! SNOW, yes real honest to goodness snow thanks to snow blowers on the bow of the ship. This snow fall was highlighted by Princess Camille arriving to kick off the holiday season at the Titanic Pigeon in her lighted and decorated carriage with a single white horse. Like any good and gracious princess. Princess Camille held court and greeted her royal subjects.

I am truly honored to be able to share the joy of the holidays with my family and you my readers at the Titanic in Pigeon Forge. If you ever are in the Pigeon Forge area of Tennessee stop in to the Titanic museum. Trust me, you will be glad that you did.

Until next time…emily koenig gabrielAs you can tell by these great photos that our kids had a great time. Nickolaus said it was “too cold” so he didn’t take his photo with Princess Camille.

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