Six more sleeps until Christmas! I love this time of year, the lights and decorations and special things at church. We went to the Yuma Foothills parade of lights on Friday evening as we’ve done the last few years. This year, there were 113 vehicles entered in the parade, all the way from golf carts to a fire truck and a gigantic military vehicle, we’re guessing a Marine Corps wrecker although it was dark, all decorated with Christmas lights. Santa and Mrs. Claus came by in numerous dune buggies and side-by-sides. We have a traditional site where we like to park and we always take our evening meal with us to enjoy as we watch. It was pizza this year, a rarity at our house. I didn’t try to take pictures because I’ve had very limited success in the past due to darkness and bright lights in motion. I did, though, take a picture of the beginning of Story Book Lane, a neighborhood that is always decorated with a theme of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. I’m sure it is one of those neighborhoods where the decorations are a part of the property when it sells, or at least the storybook parts. Some years, there is a grinch in a dark yard, but I didn’t see one this year. The rest of the story is spread out on both sides of the street for about a block. I think they had more lights than I’d seen before this year.
We usually take the long way home if we’re out at night, just to see what the Christmas lights look like. Our street isn’t nearly as festive as the next street over, but we and several others do have lights and/or inflatables.
I’ve been baking and cooking to get ready to give gifts to our friends and today we came home from lunch after church to find a container of goodies on the porch. It’s such fun to share!
All of our Christmas gifts have been mailed and most have been received. I’ve heard from half the grandkids this week and I enjoy that so much. One of the sad things about our traveling lifestyle is that we can’t have the whole family together for Christmas or Thanksgiving. If they all came, we would love it but we’d be bursting at the seams!
Merry Christmas to all! Have a blest holiday!