I will confess--I am NOT in the Christmas spirit. I am sure there is a lot of that going around because of the economy, or commercialism, or loss of loved ones--but mine is plain and simple home-sickness. I missed the Christmas parade (at home), Gracie won't sing Christmas songs in the choir tomorrow morning, we will miss the AOJ concert, we didn't bake cookies with Aunt Ruth, and worst of all--we won't be there for Christmas Eve services.
Now that I have vented all of that I will move on...
It was actually my idea to load the kids up in the car and go and look at the lights. I wasn't sure how well the trip was going to go since it is pouring rain and Thomas was in a bad mood (he was very tired!).
Just because mommy is feeling like the Grinch--doesn't mean I won't make every effort to be sure that the kids have the best Christmas yet!
So, we loaded up the kids and mommy packed the just made MM Christmas cookies and we started out on our journey.
Mommy and Daddy had driven past a few homes around the area that we were sure to include--and of course those neighborhoods gave way to more neighborhoods full of lights.
At several points in the evening we ended up behind buses who were actually taking people on the "tacky Lights Tour."
Yep, there is such a thing around here! And you would not believe just how "tacky" it gets!
I meant to print off some of the stops here in Mechanicsville that were on the tour, but forgot--but we saw plenty. The kids loved looking at the lights and we all got a good laugh out of the decorations.
Some yards were completely covered in inflatables, some had music to go along with their yard full of decor, and our favorite house was one that had lights on it and around it that made it look like a gingerbread house!
Now, my pictures aren't super, since it was dark, and it was raining, but you can get a good idea of the displays.
And the ride ended up being perfect for Thomas. He settled down and watched quietly from his seat, exclaiming a simple "wow!" every once in a while.
I think it did us all some good.