Thursday, December 26, 2013

Bright Lights & Evergreens

The lovely holiday season wasn't without explorations.... Even if most of them were close to home.
Midnight Madness early in the month was dampened by rain showers, yet still very mad and festive; I heard the carolers and Santas going until midnight, though that was too late for this old lady who had her yearly holiday brunch the next morning!
A quick jaunt north to Amish country in Pennsylvania brought us to the National Christmas Center, quickly leading to mental comparisons between Bronner's in the Bavarian Frankenmuth, Michigan.  
Clearly, any time there is a festival of flora, like the Tree Fest of Maryland, one has to go.  Now if you've never been to such a festival, you should know... it really is only trees... Beautiful trees, yes.... but just trees.
The Russian Ballet leapt into my heart with my childhood favourite, The Nutcracker.
Baltimore was lucky enough to have a mini and temporary  German Christmas set up shop in the Inner Harbor.... and, even with the Reggae band aiding the German atmosphere,  it wasn't all that I'd hoped for.
Our National Zoo (free as it's part of the Smithsonian's)has an incredible light show, a neon safari, of sorts.
I'd hardly call the whole block lighting up the grid (and no doubt their bills) a miracle, but strolling down 34th  has become a little tradition for us.  Along with 35 dozen cookies, service, caroling, and midnight movies,  this was a simple and lovely season.

& there's still a week of vacation left. **sigh**

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