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The Daily Dash: July 17, 2018 {Gaylord Opryland A Country Christmas & My Birthday}

What do my birthday & Christmas have in common? I’m telling you today…

The Daily Dash: July 17, 2018 {Gaylord Opryland A Country Christmas, & My Birthday}

IN THE NEWS:
* Bryce Harper is 2018 Home Run Derby champion
* Papa John’s founder resigns
* Lava bomb hit tour boat in Hawaii
* World Emoji Day

IN THE WORD:
I need God’s surgical procedure-His use of external circumstances to bring about internal purification ~ Oswald Chambers

IN MY LIFE:
This morning we attended the Opryland Country Christmas 2018 Announcement (a birthday treat for me). Gaylord Opryland Resort is already setting the stage for the 35th annual A Country Christmas.

Horticulturists at the iconic 2,888-room hotel are already beginning to string 3 million holiday lights, a process that will take several months to complete. (And stay tuned for more video footage of me in a cherry-picker getting a birds-eye view of the Opryland Stars who hang the lights!)

The Opryland Country Christmas announcement started with an update on SoundWaves, the resort’s $90 million indoor/outdoor upscale water attraction. Families can begin booking vacation packages today that will include SoundWaves access starting December 2018. Keep in mind, only guests who stay at the resort will have access to this luxury indoor/outdoor waterpark.

Here are a few highlights from the lineup for the 2018 A Country Christmas festivities:
* Trace Adkins Christmas dinner show featuring songs from The King’s Gift
* The resort’s signature holiday attraction – ICE! – will feature Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Guests can also have breakfast with The Grinch and take part in a Grinch-y themed scavenger hunt throughout the resort.
* Back by popular demand, Cirque Dreams Holidaze returns to the Grand Ole Opry house with 20 stunning acts

Even though we live in Nashville, we ALWAYS book an overnight stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort every Christmas season (usually on Black Friday so we can walk over to neighboring Opry Mills mall too!). Whether you’re from out of town or a local, this year’s A Country Christmas is one not to be missed!

PRAYER FOCUS: Hospitality
In honor of staying at one of my favorite places in Nashville (really, one of our family’s favorite places anywhere!), I pray hospitality over each of you today. The Gaylord Opryland STARS are some of the most gracious people we know.

MONTH OF 615
As a reminder, all month on The Daily Dash I’ll be wearing tees from Project 615, who supports world-changing causes through their apparel. I broke out my “”Merry Christmas Y’all” shirt in honor of the Country Christmas announcement at Gaylord Opryland today. Learn more at Project615.org.

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The Daily Dash: July 17, 2018 {@GaylordOpryland #ACountryChristmas & My Birthday} #Opryland #VisitI

Hope you make it a great day!