Light(en) up the Holiday Spirit

S and I decided to pump up our Christmas spirit by driving through nearby neighborhoods to see the Christmas light displays. We chose a relatively warm Colorado evening so that we could make Golden’s awesome river-walk and the thousands of lights strung there our starting point.

Golden

Our stroll was relaxing if not a bit brisk. The gentle sounds as the water flowed past, an occasional dog barking, laughter in the distance all while being bathed in the colorful light, made the walk so serene.

Park 2

My favorite is and always will be the giant tree in front of the visitors center. I am in awe of the work it must take to deck out that tree.

Visitor Center

A big thank you to the workers that make it so. It is breathtakingly beautiful. This year they decorated the trees in the park too.

Visitor Center Tree

Beautiful!

Park

After visiting the river-walk, we stopped for appetizers before starting our drive-by viewings. Of course, stopping to eat means an hour or so of girl talk coupled with lots of laughter, which also helps get us in the Christmas mood.

Park 3

So often we spend so much time preparing for the Holidays that we forget to stop and enjoy the efforts of others.

Neighbor 1

I admit to decorating my house both inside and out, not only for myself but for my neighbors and my visitors. Whether you choose to decorate or not, please feel free to drive-by and enjoy mine. Isn’t that what we are saying when we light up our homes? I have gone almost completely solar for outdoor decorations along with using LED lights inside as I dislike the January power bill if I don’t!  Ha!  Candles work well to create the right ambiance too. I truly hope it makes anyone who sees it happy.

Neighbor 4

Some choose a whimsical theme, while others opt for more traditional. It makes no difference to us, they are all uplifting.

Neighbor 3

The meaning behind the holiday is what’s important, where our focus should be. The spirit of giving, sharing, caring. Each of us expresses our interpretation of its definition in our own way, whether it be in our decorations, our greetings or our mood.

Neighbor 2

Our evening was a success, we managed to get back into the spirit of things, now we can move forward enjoying laughter, food and libations with friends and family while reminiscing about past memories, and planning new ones.

Bridge

We’d be interested in hearing where you go to see Holiday displays, we are always up for a road trip!

 

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