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Monday, December 5, 2011

Traditions ~ Lights in the Desert

Last weekend, we fulfilled one of our annual family traditions during the Christmas season, seeing the lights. Now when I was a kid, growing up in northwest Ohio, we would get all bundled up in the sub-zero temperatures, drink hot cocoa and drive around town in search of the neighborhood with the best light display. Things are a little different here in the Las Vegas desert. While there are neighborhoods with beautiful displays, the city has a couple of community options to visit. This year we chose a new one (per the recommendation of our 9 year old who had visited the display with Grandma a couple of years ago). We went to see the lighted cactus garden. (That's right, cactus garden. Yep that's how we do it in the desert...lol).

It was one of the prettiest displays I've seen in a long time. The evening was mild (meaning in the 50s. For us wimpy southwest residents that is still considered cold). We walked up and down the winding paths, sharing in the squeals and excitement of our kids as they saw all the colors. At the end of the path, in a high back chair, sat a jolly man in a red suit and white fluffy beard. Although our 9 year old could tell "he's not the real Santa. His beard is sooo fake.", our 3 year old was happy to share her desire for a Tangled doll with the beloved stranger. After freezing the moment with smiles and a flash, the kids were given a surgery treat and we were on our way.

It was a beautiful evening to kick off this beautiful season!



7 comments:

Ann said... [Reply to comment]

I've lived in Northern Indiana all my life. I can relate to bundling up, drinking hot chocolate, and driving around to find the biggest displays! I suppose it's pretty rare to find any pine trees out your way! :) What a unique and fun way to celebrate the season! Very beautiful!!

Karen Dawkins said... [Reply to comment]

I grew up in Ohio too. My kids were born in the Columbus area. We always bundled up to see the lights at the Columbus Zoo. Beautiful..... though I do prefer the south's temperatures :)

OneMommy said... [Reply to comment]

We haven't gotten to see Santa, yet, but if the weather cooperates (stops raining) I'm hoping to take the little ones to see the Festival of Lights at the zoo and Santa there.

jamiejoy said... [Reply to comment]

How fun! We have a Botanical Garden in our area that decks out with lights. It is fun to walk around in but quite freezing, so my husband and I usually just go.

Fawn said... [Reply to comment]

This is so lovely! I love it. When I was growing up in Pasadena, there was a street called Christmas Tree Lane (at least that's what it was called during Christmas) and the entire street for blocks would be lit up in the most magnificent way. We are the light of the world... I love it!

Fawn said... [Reply to comment]

Just had to tell you again how much I love that photo :).

Lori said... [Reply to comment]

Such a magical picture - sounds like a lovely evening. Thank you for sharing your joy.

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