Rosebuds Blog

Holiday season has returned, and the spirit is moving us

December 18, 2014
Christmas ornaments

All one need do is to walk into The Rose Hotel lobby to find out that we take the holiday season very seriously. The exterior and lobby of the hotel are festooned with decorations of the season.

On the exterior is garland wrapped around entrance pillars, and white lights strung through the shrubbery. Inside the hotel there is a nativity scene, a 16-foot Christmas tree, a lighted stack of gifts, stockings by the chimney, garland on handrails of our spiral staircase, wreaths on balcony handrails, a 4-foot-tall wooden nutcracker, holiday music playing in the lobby, about 20 poinsettias, numerous stuffed figures such as reindeer, elves and, of course, Santa Claus.

Suffice it to say, we are definitely in the Christmas spirit.

The holiday season is a time when our guests are very active, and that means we are too. It’s a time when people celebrate for both religious and secular reason, and look back on the year that was, as well as forward to the year to come with great anticipation — and so do we.

As our 13th year of operation comes to a close, we are reminded of what a significant role travel plays in people’s lives and the many things the staff and management of The Rose Hotel have to be grateful for. As we wish our guests a Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, and a happy New Year, we are reminded of the loyalty they have shown us and how grateful we are for their repeat business.

We are also grateful that:

  • The U.S. and global economies have made a strong comeback after the catastrophic recession of 2007-2008
  • We live in a free and politically stable society
  • The world has more democratically-controlled governments than ever in history
  • Middle classes are developing in emerging nations around the world
  • More people are traveling (and enjoying themselves) than ever before

Unfortunately, because the world does have many problems, people tend to forget how many advances we have made as a human society. This can make people unduly pessimistic. At a time when all of us should be focused on the many things that we have to be grateful for, we offer you this list of 50 Reasons We’re Living Through the Greatest Period in World History (just click here), compiled by the folks at The Motley Fool, a company created for the purpose of helping the world invest better, (and an organization named the best medium-sized company to work for in 2014 by

We hope that you will celebrate the true spirit of the season and that you find yourself invigorated by holiday celebrations and the promise of the fresh start offered by the New Year.

To all our guests and to people of all nations we wish you a Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. May 2015 be everything you want it to be.


Written by Mike Consol