My most valued possession is my family. Even if you are living in a box
somewhere, and you have the love and support of your family, you will always be
wealthy. Love really is all you need. From love, great things will emerge. From
your thoughts, you can create greatness.This is what I need to remind
myself of everyday to be the best person that I can be. Live your life with
gratitude. Be thankful for all that you have everyday, even if it is your eyes
to see or your ears to hear or your feet to walk or your hands to create.
Understand your place in this Universe; how infinitesimally small you are, but
how huge a contribution your Spirit is. Don't wear blinders to the world around
you, you're not the only one here. Be kind, considerate, don't be judgmental,
love others, and yourself. Know that you are perfect inside; that you are

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Traditions...Olde Town St. Charles

Wednesday night we made our annual trip to Olde Town St. Charles in Missouri for their month long Christmas Traditions festival. I've been having a little lack in motivation in getting in the "Spirit" of things, so this was a blessing...and it did the trick!
(Plus, I desparately needed a brake from a tedious exciting project I was working on at home...)
The town hosts late night shopping, dining, carolers dressed in period clothes, carriage rides, and Santa's from around the world, as well as many other characters, all walking the streets with their lanterns. There were street vendors selling roasted chestnuts, cocoa and cider, funnel cakes, and good cheer. It was just what I needed.

All of the old buildings were decked to the hilt, making for a lovely tour up and down Historic Main Street.

Many restaurants along the street had their fire pits lit and diners were enjoying dinner by the fire.

All the shops windows were dressed brightly for the season. It made for a beautiful display of window shopping.

                                                  A flute player and drummer...

The gazebo was decorated, too. What's that hanging up there? Let's get a closer look...

Well, who could resist the kissing ball? Obviously, not us! (And our son was such a good sport to capture this moment!)

Speaking of our son, here is a rare photo of two guys you rarely capture on camera. The bearded one on the left is my "little boy"...and the other fellow needs no introduction. He is representing the American Santa. Like I said before, there were so many all dressed from the country they originated from.

Another example of the characters that were spreading holiday cheer up and down Main Street.

I didn't get a picture, but we did take a carriage ride. Sleigh bells and all! We had a great time and it really got us in the Spirit of the Season.
What traditions does your family share this time of year?

Thanks so much for reading today!
Have a great weekend!


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