Archive: Holidays

Living Nativity Scenes Dramatizing the Birth of Christ

While my family was in Mexico for Christmas a couple of years ago I was fascinated by the reenactment of Joseph and Mary searching for a place to stay so she could give birth to Jesus. There was a huge procession of people following the dramatization through the streets of San Miguel. This reenactment is performed in hundreds of towns throughout Mexico around Christmas time.

The United States version of the reenactment of the Christmas story is not as mobile but also can be very moving. Living Nativity Scenes that dramatize the manger portion of the Christmas story can be viewed throughout the United States. While many of these performances are now complete there are still many being performed up until Christmas day. Here is a map to help you find Living Nativity Scenes near you.

Keep Your Home Safe this Holiday Season

Untitled-1With the holidays fast approaching, it’s easy to get focused on making sure you create the perfect exterior illumination for your home’s holiday light display.  But the holidays are always an active time for break-ins and robberies, so be sure to also take some time this season to ensure that your home is safe and secure

Keeping your home safe takes hard work. While it’s important to have a security system installed on your home, there are other things you should be doing as well. You never know who is watching your home or who has considered breaking in. Your goal needs to be to create a deterrent so they never have the opportunity – or they think twice about breaking in because they think they’ll get caught. Below are some easy steps every home owner should take to maintain their home just a little safer. It’s also a good idea to check out the pricing for adding home security system to your home. If you are ready to get started check out for some great pricing options and additional details.

Maintaining your home clean and presentable is important. If a burglar doesn’t think you’re maintaining your home, you’ll be one of the first on the list to hit. The reason for this is because they assume you’re on vacation. The simple answer may be that you’re busy, but you don’t want to provide an opportunity for someone to come in and steal all of your valuables.

To maintain your home, you just need to keep landscaping neat and trimmed. Don’t let your bushes and shrubs get too big because an intruder can hide in them. You’ll also want to mow your lawn and remove flyers from your door. Even though you may go through the garage every day, the flyers tell burglars that you’re not home. If you do go on vacation, ask a neighbor to grab them for you.

Until you actually have a security system in your home, and possibly even after, install some dummy surveillance cameras. These can pop up in seconds and provide a great deterrent. Most burglars aren’t going to take the chance of being caught, so they’ll skip your home and move on to an easier target.

When you’re not home, you should still make it look like someone is there. You can do this in a number of ways. As you’re backing out the driveway, wave. If someone is watching, they’ll think you’re waving to someone inside. Set light timers to come on in different rooms throughout the evening. This will make it look more like someone is inside. Be sure to use them naturally and put them throughout the house. You can also fake a TV glow with various objects. It’s a small price to pay and makes it look like someone’s watching TV in your living room.

Get smart about how people can get into your home. If you’ve been working on your roof, don’t forget to take down the ladder. If you leave it up, you might as well hang a sign that invites burglars to climb up it and into your home. You should also use a metal bar or wooden dowel on your sliding glass doors so they cannot be pried open from the outside.

There are plenty of things you can do to create a safe home. A safe home not only protects your valuables but protects your family. You never want to run into a situation where someone robs your home – especially if you and your family are still inside. The more deterrents you have, the less likely someone will target your home.

Be creative with your home when it comes to adding security. If you go on vacation, ask a neighbor to look out for your house – and offer to do the same for them. Your home is your pride and joy, so treat it that way.

Happy Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest officially kicked off in Munich, Germany on Saturday. For those not in the know, Oktoberfest is a sixteen-day fair held annually in Bavria in late September and early October. It attracts around five million revelers, who come to celebrate German culture by consuming copious quantities of beer and bratwurst. Think of it as a 2+ week long Mardi Gras. Or, just check out an Oktoberfest for yourself. German restaurants and bars in America also celebrate the holiday, although to a lesser extent. We’ve mapped all of the Oktoberfest celebrations across the country; take a look to see if any are being thrown in your city.

What to give your Dad on Fathers Day

Are you still trying to find something to give to your husband or father on Fathers’ Day. MapMuse can help. Sometimes a Dad just wants some time to do the things that they enjoy or even a chance to try something new.

Here are a few ideas of places that you can send your Dad for Fathers Day.

Golf Courses (obvious but always a top choice)
Disc (Frisbee) Golf Courses
Laser Tag
Batting Cages
Minor League Baseball Game (coming soon!)
Automotive Museums
Hire a fishing guide.
Hire a golf instructor

These are just a few ideas. To get more go to and browse our category of places to get more ideas for Fathers Day!

And Dads–Happy Fathers Day!

List Your Community’s Fourth of July Fireworks Display Information on

It has already started! MapMuse maps several topics whos traffic goes through the roof at specific times of the year. Christmas lights at Christmas, Honey Baked Ham stores at Easter and Thanksgiving, First Night Celebrations at New Years and at this time a year Fourth of July Firework Displays quickly becomes one of our top topics. If you know of firework displays in your community or are involved in putting on the Fourth of July display I hope you will consider adding information about your firework display to our map. We get a tremendous amount of traffic and this is a free way to get information out to the public. You can check to see if your community’s firework display is already posted at this link:

or if you would like to add one immediately go to the following link:

In any event MapMuse wishes everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July.