Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Traditions - Installment One

Our family, like most of you, have Christmas traditions.  We are so full of different traditions that I almost need to make NO PLANS whatsoever for the season.  It's all outlined nicely for us.

Our first installment involves Temple Square and it's legendary lights.  'dawg wanted to go with his daughter before he went back to SD, so last night, despite the freezing temp's, we went.

The minute we walked out on to the main street plaza, Sissy looked up and said, "Oh - look at that CASTLE!"

It really does look like a magical castle, especially with the lights and the *gasp-choke* snow.

I was glad we had the stroller, it made it much easier.  She rode, she walked, she ran, she rode some more.  We froze our butts off.  Good times had by all.

Where is Luka you ask? He works all day in the cold, we couldn't PAY him to willingly go out in it again.
Where is Tuffy you ask?  Work.  Besides he already saw them with his lovely little 'tana last weekend.  Traditions have a way of altering a little sometimes as people grow up.  And that's okay.  We roll with the flow.  Especially when Mommy has her happy pills.  But I digress.....

I will forever remember the one year we met up with my brother and his family to make this a family home evening affair.  Splenda and Hoser dropped us off and then they went to find parking.  Me, BFF-SIL, and six kids were huddled in the doorway of the visitor's center waiting for them.  It was crowded as usual, and then OUT LOUD, in his LOUDEST voice, 'dawg spots the menfolk headed towards us and SHOUTS OUT LOUD:


Yep. That's my boy!  I'm sure, if I had not been so embarrassed and actually lifted my head up, I would have laughed at how many of the missionaries were now circling ready to swoop upon our heathen clan.
(for the record - NO ONE had ever been drunk.  At temple square.  Ever.)

This year, thankfully, it was a quick loop around and everyone was satisfied.

"See the Temple Christmas lights" checked off our list!
(not sure why the raspberry - but there you have it)


Vanessa said...

LOVE IT! We are going on Monday before the Jazz Game. Can't wait!

Garden of Egan said...

Very gorgeous! We went for two years in a row when our daughters high school choir was invited to sing there.
It is magical and I can certainly see why Sissy thought it was a castle.

gigi said...

Just beautiful!! Great tradition. If I lived there it would be on my list too. The last time I was there around Christmas we took the expensive horse and buggy ride. It was nice. Love that cute Sissy.

Cherie said...

I haven't seen the lights on Temple Square in years but I think they are sooo beautiful so I really appreciate your pictures.
Plus I know how much you LOOOOOve snow (hee hee) so I liked seeing a picture of you out in it!!

Missy said...

I love the lights!

Mrs. Organic said...

Brrr. We really need to get back up there, my youngest hasn't seen the lights yet.

" Hit It......." said...

I will be crossing this tradition off my list this weekend as well.

Love the pictures and the fact that "The Dawg" got to experience Temple Square with Cissy.

I also love your granddaughter's spunk(i.e. I love raspberries)! Guess I better stop saying love...very redundant!

Lara said...

This is a tradition I sorely miss ever since moving to the edge of the earth where our closest temple is 8 hours away! (And I'm not even sure they do lights anyway!)

Beautiful pictures...It's almost like I was there. I'm glad Sissy could see it!

Jillybean said...

We'll be making our yearly trip there next week. I'm hoping it warms up a bit by then. (HA HA HA, sometimes I crack myself up)

Wouldn't it be great if they left the lights up year round so we could enjoy them when it's warmer?

tammy said...

There's nothing like the lights at Temple Square. I miss it. Except for the part about not being able to wait until we're in the car again. Thanks for posting pics so I can enjoy it from my nice warm little kitchen.

LKP said...

i LOVE the lights on temple square! they are the absolute best. :)

Loralee and the gang... said...

Those kinds of traditions are priceless! Cold and all...makes it more memorable even, right? :-)

tiburon said...

I like how that Chloee rolls. She knows how to do it.