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This Small Town In Michigan Will Become Your New Favorite Winter Destination
Michigan is home to plenty of gorgeous winter destinations. Our state is a delightful spot for indoor and outdoor activities during the colder months, no matter which region you live in. But there’s one quaint town along stunning US-23 that overflows with wintertime excitement – and you’ll want to visit.
Alpena, Michigan is located on the beautiful shores of Thunder Bay.

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This town of just over 10,000 people is a delightful spot for a winter getaway.

When you arrive for a visit to Alpena, you’ll be immediately charmed.

Start off your day with a bite to eat and a cup of joe at Cabin Creek Coffee, which locals adore for its friendly service and delicious flavors.

Next up, it’s time to head outside for some winter fun. Strap on your snowshoes and venture to the the town’s Rockport State Recreation Area.

Explore Island Park, a natural oasis that features trails with plenty of snowy charm.

Are you an ice-fishing enthusiast? Spend a day casting your line into the chilly waters at nearby Hubbard Lake or Long Lake.

If ice skating is more your speed, there’s a spot for that in Alpena as well: just make the short trip to Northern Lights Arena for an exciting adventure on the rink.

When the weather outside is simply too frightful, head indoors and visit Alpena’s famous Maritime Heritage Museum at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, where you’ll learn all about the history of boats on the Great Lakes.

Perhaps you’re even in the mood to catch a one-of-a-kind theatrical performance at the town’s beloved Thunder Bay Theatre.

After all that excitement, your stomach is certainly growling. Treat yourself to dinner and a brew at Austin Brothers Beer Company.

Before you leave Alpena, take a moment to walk through its delightful downtown area. This is one Michigan getaway that you’ll surely never forget.

The reason for the season.

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day has grown to be an international event. Now occurring on the third Friday of December, the holiday gives holiday lovers worldwide a chance to wear their ugly Christmas sweaters. In 2014, they partnered with Save the Children in their “Make the World Better with a Sweater” campaign. You can now help children across the world by wearing an ugly sweater on December 18th and encouraging others to go online and donate.
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Try these tips to take the prize on National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day:

Animal or cartoon characters with a holiday theme are a great starting place. Think reindeer, snowmen, mice, kittens or elves.

Select ridiculous colors. The more they clash, the better.

Embellish. Scratch that. Over-embellish! Pom-poms, bells, felt, tinsle or any other glittery, jingly items laying around the house.

Add a collar, dickey or ruffle.

Electrify it! Put Rudolph to shame and go to the head of the team with bright, flashing lights!

Give it some 80s flair with shoulder pads.

Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater. Use #ChristmasSweaterDay to post on social media.


National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day was started in 2011 by ugly Christmas sweater lovers as a way to lighten up the busy holidays and to show off their absurdly, ugly sweaters. The day has grown in popularity and is celebrated worldwide.

Human Rights Day

It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

Five Ways to Fight Holiday Stress

A classic holiday tune tells us this is the most wonderful time of the year. But with parties to attend, food to prepare, and gifts to buy and wrap, it can feel overwhelming.

Here are five tips to stop stressing and enjoy the season.

Create a gifting game plan

Write down everyone who’s made your list—naughty or nice—along with ideas for each person. Then, create a rough estimate of how much you can afford and think of ways to stick to your budget. You’ll also want to set aside enough time for shopping, wrapping, and mailing.

 Avoid party overload

Swamped by invitations? Prioritize! Write all the events you’re invited to on a calendar, and circle the ones that are most important to you. Don’t feel guilty if you can’t attend them all.

 Organize your decorations

Decking the halls can be merry for some—and miserable for others. When you store your decorations, think about what you’ll need for next year, and organize your decorations by type or by where you display them. Keep the decorations you hang first most accessible.

Simplify your dinner party

Write down exactly what you’ll be cooking and how many people will be attending. Make a grocery list, and determine what can be made in advance, and what you’ll need to prepare the day of. Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to bring a dish to pass or a bottle of wine.

 Share the holidays

If you don’t have many people with whom you can share the holidays, there are plenty of options for keeping busy and feeling merry. Consider volunteering at a toy drive or a soup kitchen. Or, enjoy some alone time and curl up solo with hot chocolate and a favorite book or movie.

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