Christmas in Oklahoma City

Me and my fiancé, Derek, decided to spend Christmas this year in Oklahoma City with his family. I had anticipated this visit as not only was I close to his mother (something very for a woman), but also because I had never been to Oklahoma.

We reached his family’s house very late at night on Christmas Eve, and the next day, we spent Christmas indoors due to the heavy snowstorm. By the next day, I was ready to tour the city and spend my entire day to see the famous sites of the city. Derek’s family took me to Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, where I read the names of the innocent people who were killed and those who survived the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Looking at the list of names and learning about this tragic even touched my heart deeply. To lift my spirits, his family decided to make the next stop at the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. This breathtaking venue took my breath away as the garden had the most beautiful flowers, duck, and Koi I had ever come across.

We then decided to have lunch at the Frontier City, which was a western-themed amusement park with several roller coasters and other rides. This place was Derek’s favorite place when he was a child and joining him on those rides was a thrilling experience.

Our next stop was the Oklahoma City Stockyards, where Derek’s father worked. This site was the world's largest stocker/feeder cattle market that had western stores and restaurants. I got to see real cowboys at work here!

We ended our day trip at the Bricktown Oklahoma City, which is a rejuvenated warehouse district in downtown. There were various restaurants, shops and other amusements here. We went on the giant snow tubing slides that was set up at the ballpark for Christmas and a wonderful time.

Our day trip ended, and tomorrow, we head back to Chicago. Oklahoma City is an amazing place to visit and even to live in. Before going to bed I asked Derek one question: “Can we please have Christmas every year in Oklahoma City?”

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