Countdown to an Organized Christmas: Christmas Light Viewing

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{If you’ve missed the previous posts in this series you can find them here.}

Every year, without fail, we pick an evening near Christmas and load up the kids (usually in pajamas and coats), grab the camera and some hot chocolate and search for the best light displays around town.  It’s one of our family traditions.  We started doing it the year we were married — long before kids were in the picture… although we do kind of act like a couple of children while we’re out looking at lights.

Hot chocolate, Christmas carols and making memories with the ones you love.  Nothing better than that!  It’s one of my favorite Christmas traditions!

When we lived in my hometown (population of about 11K) I knew exactly where to go for the best lights.  It didn’t take much pre-planning then.   When we moved to a new, bigger city (and state) almost two years ago it was a completely different ball game.  I couldn’t even make it to the grocery store without GPS; finding the best light displays would have to be because of shear luck!  And it really was mostly luck — but we did find some great ones.

I spent the majority of December while out on errands going down different streets to see if I could find the best lights.  I wrote down the street names and hoped I’d be able to find them again in the dark.  I’m telling y’all, I’m dedicated!

I kept last year’s list and I plan to add to it this year.  I’m more familiar with (most) of the city now which should help tremendously.

Does your family go look at Christmas lights around your town?  If you don’t already I’d thoroughly recommend it.

If you’ve lived in your town a while you may already know the “who’s who” in Christmas decorations.  But if you’re new in town or live in a very large city you might profit from making your own Christmas Light Viewing List.  Just don’t forget to write it down — if your memory is like mine you’ll be lucky to remember the good ones by the time you get home, much less by this time next year.  Oh, and always be on the lookout for new streets to visit!

And now, the homework:

Today’s Assignment:  Print out the Christmas Light Viewing List if you like.  Start writing down streets you know you need to visit and add to it when you think of a new one.  Use the list as a general guideline on your family Light-Looking outing.  🙂

Today’s Printable:  CCJ Christmas light viewing list.

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