We received our first holiday card of the season on the 1st of the month (leave it to Cherie to be so on the ball), which got me thinking that I need to find a new way to display them all this year. No longer will my twine and sparkly garland work around the doorway with two toddlers running around destroying most of what's in their path. So we're going with a homemade memo board, courtesy of yours truly.
We visited the magical Garden Fest of Lights at the botanical gardens the other night, met up with friends, and enjoyed hot chocolate while exploring the light maze, walking through tunnels of twinkling lights, listening to Christmas music performed by a local youth orchestra, watching trains zoom around their lifelike displays, and admiring candy cane trees. I admit that I was giddy with excitement to finally do this, as we've seen workers getting ready for their annual display since the end of summer.
|taken by Lisa Stnons|
Christmas music is now playing around the clock. My top 5 picks are...
Last year we took the boys to Santa Brunch (yes, also at Lewis Ginter) and couldn't resist going back again this year! It was a smashing success (kid friendly food, scrumptious gourmet treats for the adults, and um, a chocolate fondue fountain, yes please!) and it now FEELS like the holidays. The boys wore the sweaters that Oma knitted and their 'dress' shoes (a lucky consignment find), ate their weight in cookies with sprinkles, and liked watching Santa from afar but weren't quite sure what to make of him up close.