Just like the song says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" I like the holiday season for all of the usual reasons: the festive decor, the parties, the special foods, family visits and spirit of giving to others. Plus, business usually slows down for a couple of weeks!
My favorite holiday memory is one that I get to relive every year: our block of neigbhors in the Brookside subdivision of Armour Hills displays lit luminaries along the sidewalk and walkways every Christmas Eve. The picture I am displaying don't really do it justice--however, every resident along our curved street has bags, anchored by sand, with candles inside, lining the sidewalk and walkway to their front door. At dusk on Christmas Eve, the candles are lit--and they burn till 3 or 4am. We make sure no cars are parked on the street so that there is a clear view of the lighted block. And on those lucky December 24 dates when it snows...well it's even a more magical sight!
This luminary tradition started way before we moved to the block--it's been going on at least 25 years. My husband has taken over the duties of ordering the supplies for everyone. The week before Christmas, he dresses up in his Santa suit and together with the little kids on the block, goes door to door dropping off the bags, sand and candles. For those neighbors who are home on December 24--there is a 'wine walk' around 10pm--everyone is welcome to take a beverage of their choice and walk along the block to admire the bright lights and holiday yard decor.
There are many holiday memories I'll always cherish--and they involve my two girls, when they were little ones and we visited Santa, drove around to see the holiday lights and watched them open the gifts they gave each other. I'm glad the luminary tradition is one I can relive each year!