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Happy Holidays and the cozy Allstate Island (Ona Island)

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

Hello Everyone

I hope you are having a great holiday season. This goes out to those celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and others. We celebrate Christmas, but if there's ever been a year for us to all come together and be respectful to others, 2020 is the year.

We had a great Christmas. My mother-in-law visited. Our dog Flash is always excited when his Oma visits and then is sad when she leaves :). My youngest son and I played giant Jenga for the first time. Has anyone out there played this? Super-fun and not that expensive. It's a great party or family game. I'm also in the middle of assembling his new portable basketball hoop that was a bit more challenging than I thought yesterday.

I thought I'd share a cozy story for anyone interested. Last week, while watching a football game, I saw the Allstate commercial with the idyllic island and wondered if this island is real. After searching the net, I found the island IS real, but Allstate took some creative liberty and showed this as a separate island, when in fact it's connected to a larger island. While searching, I found a fun short video of the island after a fresh snowfall.

First, the island is part of Norway.

Here is the original Allstate commercial if you haven't seen this:

Here is the link to the video if the embedded one above doesn't work for you:

I believe everything except the final shot showing this as a standalone island in the middle of a large body of water is real.

Here is an image showing how the island is actually connected to a larger island:

Here is a stunning image of the island:

Here are a bunch of additional images showing the surrounding mountains and more:

The name of the island is Ona island. To be more precise, the smaller island is Ona Island and the larger island is Husoy Island and they are collectively known as Ona.

Finally, this is what I really want to share as a fun holiday theme. This short video shows a snowfall on Ona island. The video is partway down the page:

What do you think? Would you like to visit Ona?

Happy holidays to all.


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