Instead of going to the symphony we decided to drive around and look at Christmas lights in our ward boundary. I was surprised that hardly anybody had lights up yet. It was kind of disappointing that I have more lights up then the (more wealthy) families in the ward - and I practically live in the ghetto... Brady says that is why items get stolen in front of my house all the time. Really though - I live in the old downtown portion of Meridian -- Old, old house and really small houses. But, it's all I can afford... We sometimes feel like we live in the "mission field" because there are no ward members even close to us.. When Brady wants to hang out with his friends, we have to drive him there... I hate it, but it's where we live.
There were a few houses that looked awesome. It was really fun driving around and enjoying the sites of Christmas... Brady was worried about the price of gas when we were driving around and if we could afford it - I told him I just had filled up at $1.47 a gallon.. It's amazing how cheap it has gotten. Anyway, it reminded me of when I was a little girl and that was one of the big things we did as a family - drive around to see the beautiful decorations the city put up along the streets. It was a BIG deal for us back then. Brady thought that was funny - but then I explained to him that we didn't have much back then - none of the hoopla kids have now - Christmas lights was a BIG thing and exciting for us. Ooooh the good old days when Christmas lights on telephone poles entertain the children!!!
We even drove down to see the Bakow's house and their neighborhood decorations. The Bakow's have a huge star on top of their house - it is awesome. Yeah! they have decorations outside their home - LOL! There was one house in their block that was covered in lights - totally awesome. I am glad we drove over there!!
Even though we didn't see the symphony, we had a great time together enjoying a Christmas feeling! Here are a couple more pictures of our decorated home.
Our home is completely transformed for Christmas. It is everywhere, in every nook and cranny! I will never be able to be minimalistic type of a girl. It is just not Christmas without it everywhere.