Written by Rose
In addition to the annual tradition of the photo op with Santa, we love driving through our town to see everyone’s Christmas lights (and as Emily mentioned in a previous post, sneaking a peek into their windows to see their tree inside!).
White lights winding up the trunks and branches of trees are definitely the 2012 preferred décor in our town
as are wreaths hung in front of each window from thick red velvet ribbons looking very “Currier & Ives”.
I always love the look of Colonial Williamsburg at Christmas time and someday I’ll get my act together and try the over-the-door decorations made of fruit and bay or laurel leaves that look like this (at least that’s what theirs look like! Apparently they’ve trained the squirrels and raccoons in Williamsburg to keep their paws off the “art” but I predict our squirrels will thank me for the free feast the moment I display such “art”!)
For those of you lucky enough to live close to New York City, Christmas is a great time of year to find a reason to be in the city. I have many great memories of coming into The City with my family or friends to see a holiday show, shop or just “be there” this time of year. The decorations are fantastic and aside from the well-known venues like the ice rink and tree at Rockefeller Center, I have my annual favorites like this sculpture at 1251 6th Avenue,…
the unveiling of the 5th Avenue shop windows each Christmas; their amazing and elaborate moving puppets, elaborate displays and magical themes coming to life behind the glass as the crowds wander by,…
and the quiet romance of the ice rink in central park when snow is falling; the setting of one of my all-time favorite John Cusack scenes from the movie Serendipity.
Of course, no matter where you are, there are the completely outrageous light shows you just HAVE to drive to see because a) you just have to see what 1 million Christmas lights in a front yard looks like!, b) everybody loves a good light show, especially the ones set to music, whether in someone’s front yard or the Bellagio! or (and let’s face it, we all thank Sweet Baby Jesus for this one!,… c) you’re glad to drive to it because that means the speakers and blinking lights aren’t in your neighborhood!…like this one:
But in a quiet way, often my favorite is the “light show” our neighborhood displays as we all line the street in front of our houses with luminaries on Christmas eve. It kind of looks like this and goes on for miles, winding its way up the hills and around the cul-de-sacs in our neighborhood as well as other surrounding streets. We usually walk or slowly drive the route with Christmas carols playing in the car. It’s a peaceful and breath-taking end to Christmas Eve day.
A final tradition of hot chocolate and putting out just the right selection of cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer makes the Nights Before Christmas complete.
Those are the LIGHTS-and-CAMERA moments I always love. Inevitably, the elves still have work to do so there’s often ACTION in Santa’s workshop right up to the final “Ho, Ho, Ho!”…(yawn)
May your final days (and nights) leading up to Christmas be merry… and bright!