Spread Holiday Cheer by Sharing Christmas Memories Online and Win Grand Prize Resort Stay with Gaylord Hotels

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Recognized Leaders in Christmas Entertainment Launch http://www.ShareChristmasMemories.com and Invite Public to Share Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories

In times like these, special Christmas moments with the people you love are more important than ever; and just as our hotels provide a host of amenities that combine to create the perfect backdrop for special celebrations, this website is an ideal showcase for the indelible images and emotions of Christmas.

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) December 3, 2009

"Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us." ~Oscar Wilde

Christmas memories come in all shapes and sizes. Whether big moments or small, Gaylord Hotels invites families to capture them in a new online community during a time when sharing takes on a special meaning. The " Share Christmas Memories with Gaylord Hotels" promotion was created to celebrate the spirit of the holidays, encouraging people to connect in a personal and emotional way by showcasing the funny, tender and precious moments that make Christmas last forever. As an added bonus, participants will also have a chance to win a stay at one of America's four most festive resorts.

"Every day, Gaylord Hotels bring thousands of people together to share moments and memories, especially during the Christmas season," said Rich Maradik, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Gaylord Hotels. "Our expertise in entertaining our guests translates into lasting memories that are far more meaningful when shared with others. So we are using the power of the Internet to enable our guests, their families and friends to share their favorite Christmas moments, wherever they have taken place."

Everyone is invited to upload a favorite photo, pen a poem, write a story or post a video that exemplifies their personal spirit of Christmas. Family, friends and colleagues are sure to enjoy becoming part of this Christmas memory community by viewing the posts and sharing their own. Joining the fun is simple: visit http://www.ShareChristmasMemories.com from now through Dec. 28, 2009 to take part. The randomly chosen winner receives a Grand Prize trip for two to the Gaylord resort of their choice, which includes an atrium garden room for two nights, daily breakfast buffet, one spa treatment per person at Relâche Spa and roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines.

"Our hope is to display a collection of warm, touching, thoughtful and even funny moments that will remind everyone what the Christmas season is all about: celebration with friends and family, and the memories that result," said Maradik. "In times like these, special Christmas moments with the people you love are more important than ever; and just as our hotels provide a host of amenities that combine to create the perfect backdrop for special celebrations, this website is an ideal showcase for the indelible images and emotions of Christmas."

Christmas at Gaylord Hotels

Gaylord resorts are located in four of the country's most desirable and exciting destinations: moments from the numerous attractions of Orlando; the historic monuments of D.C.; the sophisticated offerings of Dallas; and the popular sounds of country music in Nashville. Each of these hotels offer the country's "coolest" holiday attractions, breathtaking decorations, live entertainment, themed events and more. They not only are the places to share Christmas memories; but they offer a plentiful variety of ways to make new ones.

When guests approach a Gaylord hotel at hsized wreaths and ornate details that provide a breathtaking view from every direction. Inside the signature atriums is a wonderland of light-cicles, towering Christmas trees and rainbows of dazzling color. Brilliant, illuminated fountains shoot high choreographed to Christmas melodies.

Each resorts' signature holiday attraction, ICE!, is a whimsical winter wonderland hand-carved from nearly TWO MILLION pounds of ice. A series of inter-connected rooms features breathtaking larger-than-life, three-dimensional sculpted ice pieces, including fantastic re-creations of beloved storybook characters, slippery slides, and memorable holiday scenes. More than 100 artisans from Harbin, China (a city known for its master ice carving skills) travel to the U.S. each year to work on the magnificent displays. The masterful creations are extraordinary works of art, enhanced with lights and natural dyes which present a series of brilliantly colored panoramas. As for the chill inside this frosty fantasy world, visitors are kept cozy in oversized parkas. ICE! themes vary at each property from the Grinch and Charlie Brown to Classic Christmas Scenes to Snoopy and the Peanuts gang.

Creating new Christmas memories in these magical settings is guaranteed with a selection of seasonal packages available at Gaylord Hotels. Guests can learn more and book at http://www.gaylordhotels.com.

About Gaylord Hotels®
Gaylord Hotels® is a collection of four upscale resorts which afford endless opportunities for leisure travelers and conventioneers. The hotel company's hallmark -- "everything in one place" -- provides vacationers with diverse dining options, quality spa and fitness center services, top-notch entertainment, on-site shopping and endless activities -- all within each resort. Gaylord Hotels is a pioneer in the hotel and convention industry with properties in the nation's most desirable destinations. Gaylord Hotels include Gaylord Opryland® in Nashville, Tennessee; Gaylord Palms® in Kissimmee, Florida near Orlando; and Gaylord Texan® on Lake Grapevine near Dallas, Texas, and Gaylord National® on the Potomac in National Harbor, Maryland, which just celebrated its year anniversary in April 2009. Gaylord Hotels is owned and operated by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, please visit: http://www.gaylordhotels.com.

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