Weekend Shot: No Waiting
Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone, who knows what Christmas is all about?!
Linus: Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights please?
And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men.
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
On Saturday, we took a drive to Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, PA. It’s a somewhat nearby destination that we hit a few times a year as there’s stuff to do with the kids, and it’s a pleasant drive.
At this time of year, they do a pretty impressive Christmas lights display. All the trees are strung with different colored lights and it’s quite festive.
Well, I guess for some. First, it was about 65 degrees here on Saturday. Not really a “winter wonderland” experience. Felt like that time I was on the 4th Promenade in Santa Monica around this time. It was fun to be warm in California – even me, a summer guy, didn’t enjoy it here this weekend.
Also, it was was jammed. Really crowded. Traffic to get in. Extended parking lots were muddy and rutted and dark. Had to really keep an eye on the kids for safety.
We walked around a bit but it’s wasn’t all we expected. Very crowded. A bit antiseptic to me. People stopping to take photos with their iPhones or other cameras (what do you do with photos of lit trees? Email them? Just clog up your hard drive?)
I prefer the little lone house on a dark country lane lit up for Christmas than these massive displays.
Ironically, there was a long, wrap-around-the-corner type line to get into this little shop to look at gingerbread houses.
Yet, no waiting at the Nativity scene.
Poor Baby Jesus. Outdone by gingerbread.
We didn’t stay long. Got our fill then headed out. More fun, to me, was stopping at this little pizzeria for dinner on the way home.
We sat with the kids in this wood paneled dining room. A wood fire danced in the fireplace. It’s A Wonderful Life DVD was playing on the TV. A signed Jake The Snake headshot photo was on the wall behind me.
The pizza was good. So were the kids.
Best of all, no waiting.
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