In 1973, the band Wizzard released their famous song, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day - and it still brings a smile to our faces nearly half a century later. But, though we may sing along in wishing that the bells would ring out for the festive holiday, how many of us would really want to celebrate Christmas all year round? Not me, that's for sure (though I am a bit of a Scrooge).
However, if you can truly say that you'd have no issue singing carols and eating mince pies in mid-August, then, boy, do I have the place for you.
The Inn at Christmas Place, a five-star hotel in Pigeon Ford, Tennessee, celebrates Christmas 24/7, 365 days of the year, meaning that you can go there and prance about in your festive jumper even when it's the height of summer.
The hotel, which opened back in 2007, has just about everything you could ever want and need when it comes to getting into the spirit of the holidays.
There's a singing Santa Claus who provides evening entertainment for both kids and adults, a full-size Christmas tree in the lobby, decorations on every floor, festive-themed rooms, and a dedicated Christmas shop. It's also got two pools and a hot tub to appeal to those who want to enjoy the typical vacation features as well as all the seasonal accoutrements, and guests can enjoy a hot breakfast included in the cost of their room.
For those who are especially committed to their love of the most wonderful time of the year, however, there's the Santa Suite.
It's got a fireplace so that you can set out some milk and cookies for Father Christmas, a number of trees complete with decor and gifts, and every wall is covered in enough baubles and wreaths to make you feel like you've been transported right into the heart of Santa's workshop.
And, of course, you'll get a gift from St. Nick upon arrival.
According to one review on Trip Advisor, The Inn "takes Christmas to a whole new level".
"Each floor is decorated with Christmas decor and wreaths," said one guest, who stayed there in July this year. "The lobby is beautifully decorated. The downstairs lobby has a beautiful big chime clock that plays songs. The rooms are spacious and have some type of lighted Christmas decoration. The lobby offers coffee at all hours of the day and night. There is lemonade in the afternoon and evening. They have different activities for the kids and family every day - from cookies and milk with Santa to movie nights. Your child can even write a letter to Santa and supposedly will get a reply during the Christmas season."
Even for the Bah Humbug-ers like myself, then, The Inn seems to have just about everything. In fact - you know what - I might just have changed my mind about what I said earlier: I do want to celebrate Christmas when it's a hundred degrees outside, and damn it I want to meet Santa as well!
Now, where did I leave my passport...