Saturday, December 3, 2011
Lighting Up December
Each year, on the last Friday night in November, a village in the Valley has a light up celebration in the center of town. I've missed the light up the last four years, three of which I've been *blush* Black Friday shopping across the border in Washington State, and one year I was in Mexico.
Foregoing the big, commercial aspect of the holidays this year, I'm staying local and participating in the smaller celebrations (and giving smaller, handmade gifts.) This light up was a nice start to the season for me.
I love this little town! All the buildings in the main area of town are required to have an old English 'look' to them. Not surprisingly, there's a very busy Fish & Chip place here! Wandering around town were carolers and a town crier, who were all dressed in Victorian garb. And then there was this guy...
I had seen him walk by a few times, and then finally had to stop him when we happened to be in the same shop. It turns out that his daughter made this sweater for him. She knitted it and added all the decorations. He was a very proud dad!
One of the most important stops at any street fair or festival - the mini donut van! These hot, sugary, cinnamon-y donuts were bliss!
The ATV club was also there and they were pulling a barrel train of happy kids. They went whizzing by a few times, so all I could get was a blurry shot!
Also a bit blurry, but I couldn't resist, is a picture of a statue I saw while walking back to the car. She seems to be a goddess of abundance. I'm going to have to come back there in the daylight to get a better look!
This weekend there is much to do in my town. A Santa Claus parade, a Yule meditation gathering and more. I'm not sure how much I'll get in, but I'll see where the weekend takes me!