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Christmas in June

by Don McCann

We often host client presentations, which our business calls “Cruise Nights”.  Last week, we had a cruise night called “Christmas in June” featuring Viking River Cruises and their Christmas Market cruises in Europe.    This event was great fun to plan and easy to decide how to decorate.  However, the most enthusiastic of our planners was my daughter, Rachel, who just moved back from Germany, after having lived there for 3 1/2 years.   While there, she LOVED the various Christmas Markets and she had TONS of ideas for our event.  Not only did she bring in some of her market purchases, but she baked authentic heart-shaped gingerbread cookies with ‘Merry Christmas’ in German, French, and Hungarian, as well as some cookies with the Viking River logo, AND she agreed to be one of our guest speakers!

Vikings great 3minute video was an effective visual introduction to the Christmas Markets, then Rachel added her personal experiences about the Markets, with some wonderful “show ‘n tell” items.  Next up, our local Viking River Representative, Carolyn Szekeres, did a great presentation on the cruises themselves and the fantastic new river ships the line is adding.  All in all, it was perhaps our most fun, and certainly our most festive, cruise night yet!

If you were not able to join us, take a look at some of the photos (click on each to enlarge):

Brats & cheese with pretzel bread

Brats & cheese with pretzel bread

Christmas in June lights and seating

Christmas in June lights at Cruise Escapes


Carolyn Szekeres of Viking Cruises

Carolyn Szekeres of Viking Cruises

Christmas in June CE staff

Cruise Escapes staff at one of our Market ‘stalls’ with Viking cookies!


Have any Christmas Market stories, or photos you’d care to share? – We’d love your reply!

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Getting Ready for “the Holidays”

Christmas in June preparations

We’re getting ready!

For those of you in the Dallas area, you may have seen that we are presenting “Christmas in June” next week with Viking River Cruises.    To give just a taste of the markets, we are busy putting together a fun evening of sample foods, market items, and we’ll have two guest speakers – one from Viking River and a second experienced Christmas Markets enthusiast!

If you are in the DFW area, some seats are still available; take a break from the summer heat and come pretend it’s cooler!  Join us Tuesday, June 25 – “markets” open at 6:00pm and presentation begins at 6:30pm in our office.  Cruise Escapes, 14464 Midway Road, Dallas TX  75244.  RSVP 972-404-0505, or

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