Saturday, November 26, 2011

Parade of Lights

Our black Friday was all lit up with our local Parade of Lights led by the Grinch and included a group dressed up like KISS that went by wishing everyone a Merry KISSmas!  Since we moved here, we go every year, my sister and her family come down for the fun. Here are some of the highlights that came out on the camera.  The decorated horses are always my favorite..

Some of the floats took you away because they didn't look like something sitting on the back of a truck..

This would go quite nicely in my yard!!

My son was reluctantly in the parade with his Boy Scout troop this year.  He's normally all about the candy so we had to convince him there wouldn't be much thrown out being that the parade was at night. As they passed, they invited my daughter and my niece to jump on their float - what a great way to kick off the season!  Sorry I didn't get a decent picture of the KISS people but they did give away commemorative cards.  The parade is usually what gets me going for Christmas so we are decorating the inside today with Chipmunk and Elvis music.  

How do you kick your Christmas season off?  Are there certain traditions you do the same each year like music or cookies?

Enjoy your weekend!!


Christine Warner said...

Love your pictures! The horse is definitely very cool :) Would've love to have seen this in person.

As for me and my family, there isn't one thing to kick it off, just a variety of things we do each year all season long. Obviously Christmas music (which seems to instantly put me in the that special mood), baking cookies, and on Christmas Eve, now that our kids are older, we all meet for a special dinner at a different restaurant each year. This includes aunts, uncles and cousins and is a lot of fun. It replaced the tradition I started when each of my children was born, where they had a Christmas ornament for each year with to commemorate something special that happened in their life each year.

Happy Holiday! Thanks for sharing :)

Kathyradigan said...

It looks like you all had a fun time!! It's funny but since our oldest's birthday is Dec 10 we don't really do the Christmas stuff full tilt till after his birthday. We love to drive around the neighborhood and see the lights and spending time together baking and reading Christmas stories. I also love buying and putting up our tree with the kids too! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and I look forward to reading more about your holiday traditions!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Thanks Christine! The horses really are more amazing in person. I know what you mean about the music, it really helps. I like your idea with the ornaments, I love pulling out all the old ones they made in school!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I don't blame you for not starting early, make that birthday more special. My son's is the 12th of January so I have to make sure all my stuff is down by then. We used to drive around when I was young so I try to do that each year with mine as well. They love to help put the tree up and the ornaments. Happy holiday season to you Kathy!

Danielle (or Dee) said...

Ohhh this looks like so much fun!!!! You should totally get (make or steal...LOL) a gingerbread house like that for your yard. The day after Thanksgiving one of our local radio stations is ALL Christmas music and we LOVE this station. We start decorating as soon as possible after T-day and we always enjoy looking across the water and seeing the Christmas tree on the space needle lit up!

Amberr Meadows said...

Our tree goes up on December 1st, and that's when I order tickets for Callaway Gardens festival of lights. I can't wait!

Amberr Meadows said...

Oh, and I love the pics! Fun times!