How can it be the first of December already? It hardly seems as though we were decorating for Halloween and now we’re breaking out the Christmas trees.
Along with the changing of a calendar page, this month signals the beginning of Blogmas, that challenge to bloggers around the world to post each day, during the busiest of seasons for many of us. Understanding that many of us may not make it through the entire 31 days, Britt K of Alternatively Speaking, created the "12 Days of Christmas" challenge.
Beginning today, she has provided a topic based on the song, the 12 Days of Christmas. Today is a tour of your Christmas tree.
Since we are in the midst of a three-week roadtrip in Nevada, I don't have a tree for you to tour but we did go to the tree lighting in Boulder City Nevada tonight. Organized by the local Chamber, this event exudes old-timey charm from the hot cocoa bar right to Santa arriving on a sleigh pulled by a tractor (complete with Christmas lights of course!)
We arrived in Boulder City early and headed out to Lake Mead where EJ enjoyed learning about the area while earning his Junior Ranger badge. Such a great program, we take advantage of them wherever we can.
After a picnic lunch, we took a drive around the lake and back to the Best Western where we're staying for the next couple of days so we can visit the railway museum and the Hoover Dam. We've chosen Best Westerns for much of this trip since they have reasonable prices, matched my status from Marriott and have a terrific promotion where you earn gift cards for every stay. (Sure helps with the travel budget!)
As luck would have it, our hotel was a short walk to the park for the tree lighting (we could see the top of the tree from our room) and the Santa Electric Night Parade will go right in front of it on Saturday night. Wonder if the jolly old elf will arrive with the assistance of a tractor again.
When the moment finally arrived, there was a short countdown and a quick flash of light then...darkness. Maybe the crowd needed to be louder. One, two, three, flash...more darkness. Ok, the crowd needed to give it their all, one, two, three...a beautifully lit enormous Christmas tree topped with a well lit, glittering star.
There is something about standing in a crowd of merrymakers, cheering about a simple thing like the lighting of a tree. It isn't often that we do these kinds of things in a big metropolis but Boulder City is a historic spot where this type of event just feels right.
I know we are certainly happy we added it to our holiday travel.