This past weekend was my Family’s Christmas kick-off. Whaat does that mean exactly? Well, Sister and her bunch, my parents and my bunch all head out into the dark and explore the Christmas lights that twinkle around the city. The weather this year was mild and gorgeous! Just enough snow on the ground to make things look clean and all of it makes it better than last year ( Alberta was the coldest place on the planet last year, THE PLANET)!
We started off at the Alberta Legislture, which the Offspring loving refer to as the Castle.
When I was a kid, this was a hard fast tradition. We looked at lights several times during the month of December. It always seemed to start with the windows at the Bay downtown. (It may have been Eatons, I’m sure my mom will correct me.) I loved looking in the windows at the animated mice who were busily making bay blankets for Santa.
This led to visiting City Hall and loking at the live Nativity. The sheep were always my favorite. One time I remember a camel, but I am sure he froze to death. We would visit the museum and check out the Teddy Bear collection, see the Pointsettias at the Muttart and then drive around looking at the lights on people’s houses. We would go out for hot chocolate and arrive home with Dad commenting on the pathetic display of lights that was our house. These past traditions really made Christmas special for me and I try to recreate as much as I can for the Offspring.
I found a website dedicated to Edmonton Windows Displays and there is even an app for it! I will need to assemble the troups and we will need to check them out. Later on this month, we will participate in a family sleigh ride, complete with caroling….yes we are THOSE people. Combine that with cookie making, Christmas Movie watching, wrapping of gifts and parties, we are in for a very festive holiday season indeed!