Christmas Lights – WoC 2013

The War on Christmas (and religion) verses the Spirit of Christmas Series at AskMarion – 9

Going to view Christmas lights was one of my favorite activities as a child. 

A few miles from our house growing up was an oversized corner lot with a ranch style home that went all out for Christmas each year. It had seemingly endless lights everywhere, moving elves and reindeer, a playhouse turned into Santa’s workshop and a huge sleigh filled with wrapped presents. There were two large pine trees dripping with hand-painted glass globes and other interestingly shaped ornaments, icicles and branches thick with snow. You could hear the Christmas music at least a block away and Santa would be out every night for the entire month between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve to talk to the children after which Mrs. Claus handed out candy canes to all who came by. It really was something to see and we never tired of going by there throughout the season, year after year. It was always part of our last light viewing tour each Christmas Season.

Light tours are a fun Christmas activity for the whole family that only costs the price of a little gas and in some areas you can just walk your neighborhood. 

But many people are doing some, if not all, their viewing online; not only in the United States, but all over the world:

Video:  The History of Christmas Tree Lights on the Internet

But especially if you have children, squeeze in at least one or two evenings for light viewing as a family, if you possibly can. It is part of what makes childhood memories that last for a lifetime…

Video: World’s best Christmas light display to music

Video:  Or Is the Holdman Light Show the Best??  (Complete Show)

This house below in Darboy,WI decorates each year to help support Make A Wish Foundation

Video: Beautiful! Medellin Colombia Christmas lights

But if your are going to do your light viewing from the computer verses driving around town to the actual homes and areas with displays then you might as well whip some goodies to enjoy while surfing the Internet for your Christmas light viewing, like:

Chocolate Covered Cherries

chocolate covered cherries

Let the whole family help make these taste tempters.

  • 2 (10-ounce) jars maraschino cherries with stems
  • 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips

  1. Drain cherries; discard juice or use for another purpose. Put cherries on paper towels to drain 100 percent.
  2. Put chocolate chips in a saucepan with a heavy bottom. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Dip cherries into chocolate; swirl to coat completely. Place on baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Refrigerate until set.

Note: If desired, dip some of the cherries in melted white chocolate chips instead of the semisweet chips.

    Makes about 5 dozen

Related: 

Nativity Scenes and Glories – The Reason For the Season – WoC 2013

European Markets or Christkindlmarkts Capture the Christmas Spirit – WoC 2013

St. Nickolas Day – WoC 2013

Hanukkah… The Jewish Festival of Lights – WoC 2013

God Rest Ye Merry Merchants – Christmas: An American Holiday and Tradition to Love and Preserve – WoC 2013

Where Does the War on Christmas Come From? A Worthwhile Read – WoC 2013

The War on Christmas verses the Spirit of Christmas Series 2013 at AskMarion – WoC 2013

Advent – The Season of Anticipation and Hope – WoC 2013

ANOTHER FAILED IDEA: Woman gets laughed at after bringing up Obamacare at Thanksgiving…

The Twelve Days of ObamaCare

Huckabee’s ’12 Days Of ObamaCare’

Disney scores big with biblical values

The Thanksgiving Illusion

Obama Thanksgiving and Christmas Disgrace

Keeping Pets Safe for the Holidays: The “Not So Safe” or No-No Pet Food List

Sarah Palin on Politics and Religion • 11/10/13 With Susan Page

The Cross – Billy Graham’s Message To America

Best Holiday Movie Classics – A Merry Christmas From Hollywood

Citizenship and Church Membership

Two great new books for the holidays:Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas’ (Kindle) and The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes & Favorite Traditions (Kindle) Plus: Losing Our Religion(Kindle) by atheist S. E. Cupp

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