lights lights lights

Last year we did this with the kids and it was a great success soo.... Annual Christmas Lights Tour? Most certainly. 

We gave the kids their tubbys and got them all warm in their jammies and plopped them in the nice warm van with hot chocolate (warm) and chocolate milk and popcorn. And out into the blustery cold night full of flurries we went. Quite the good night for it. We also took blurry semi-dark car pictures. I need a tutorial. How to take photos at night. Ashley? Dayna? Anyone? ;)

I found a new place to go to this year, Krasley Christmas, they dubbed themselves. The house itself was in Manheim which as we all know is where we live now so it was a definite stop on the list. The music they played was popular music with Christmas lyrics. Think Billy Mack and Christmas is All Around. I especially like how they added an extra syllable in the fourth line.

The main stop on the tour was Messick's. Only in Central PA could you take a tractor parking lot, add in some lights and people would flock from all around to view it. Which is exactly what we did and I'm not even a little bit ashamed. It is a 15-20 minute show and afterwards they just ask for donations for some such charity, which I mean, tis the season. The kids got out of their car seats and sat on our laps and had a grand ole time. Tractors. Who would have thought? Also? Snow!

I think most parents would agree that the hours after dinner and before bedtime are quite difficult. We call them the Witching Hours here. My house becomes destroyed on a whole other level. The noise volume goes up about ten more octaves. And occupying them and saving our sanity become of utmost importance. But hot chocolate and a jammie car ride with lights? It's a win win.