Looking at Lights

One of our Christmas traditions is to take one evening to drive through various neighborhoods to see all of the decorations. The kids grab their favorite blankets, and we all pile into the van. When it’s really cold out, Karl opens the moon roof, cracks the windows (to simulate a sleigh ride), and turns the heater high on our feet. He cranks up the Christmas music and chauffeurs us around for 30-45 minutes. Some years, we’ve come home and enjoyed hot cocoa and/or tea. This year, however, it wasn’t cold enough.

One neighborhood in particular has a competition, so most of its houses are a bit over-the-top. Some home owners leave no bush uncovered, like this one:

Some just fill their yards with inflatables. I’m not a big fan of the inflatable.

But what I really need to know is what is the pig-like winged creature at the bottom of the picture?

I must be missing some piece of Christmas Americana because it only reminds me of Pete’s Dragon.

I really like the lights on the willow tree.

Our kids always look forward to seeing which movie is showing each year. Past movies have been A Christmas Story and The Nativity Story. This year’s movie is Elf.

Need to zoom-in?

Apparently, these home owners believe in a Santa from a warmer clime. I get a kick out of this house. For some reason, seeing the same decorations one night every year just hasn’t gotten old to me yet.

This next house has my favorite decorations. It’s one of the prettiest ones.

I wonder if this activity has a name. We usually just say, “Do you want to go look at lights?” But I think we need to give it a proper name. Maybe something like “The Annual Christmas Cruise.” Then Karl can ask, “Are you ready for our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRUISE?!” That sounds way more fun than Do-you-wanna-go-look-at-lights-there-are-only-a-few-days-til-Christmas Ride. I’m open to suggestions.

2 Comments on “Looking at Lights

  1. We went on our “Christmas Cruise” last night. I said the neighborhood needs to have 2 more awards, The Gaudy Award and the Simple and Sleek Award. The first house you posted would get the Gaudy Award if I were judge. But the kids loved it, of course. The last pic you posted was one of my favorites.


  2. I don’t know what the pig is supposed to represent, but his name has got to be “Pigasus.”


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