If that sounds too good to be true, take your family on a holiday houseboating excursion on Lake Amistad, near Del Rio. Forever Resorts, a nationwide vacation-reservations company with several destinations in Texas, offers special rates on houseboats from December 1 through February 28. If you'll be on the water over Thanksgiving or Christmas, you'll even receive a free turkey. Bring your holiday lights, and revel in the season. Call 800/255-5561; www.foreverhouseboats.com.
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What's your traditional family holiday experience? Is it lolling about in the sunshine by day, peering into the sparkling skies at night, with no last-minute mall treks or traffic snarls to detract from your sense that all is right with the world? What about swimming in warm winter waters, fishing for bass and striper, or viewing Indian archeological sites?