Last weekend we rode the train-car by Lake Harriet - it was ALL LIT UP for Christmas. We had to wait for 45 minutes to get on this 15 minute ride, but this was fine for a number of reasons: we had just done an advent reading about all the waiting for Jesus to come to earth and all the waiting for him to come back again; the Boyscouts were selling cookies and hot cocoa and we partook; there was a lovely high school choir singing carols; Theo happily slept in his carseat for most of the wait; and anticipation multiplies final enjoyment.
Waiting. See the purple lights in the background? That's the train coming back!
On the train!!!
Even this small person in his carseat knew something very special worth waiting for was being fulfilled:
This Santa was a funny one. We celebrate Jesus at Christmas but we are not offended by Santa. So when he chortled on up declaring, "Santa's going to photo-bomb that one!" we laughed quietly and Lukas looked away. See the top of Theo's head? He was there too. It was quite cold so he stayed in the carseat the whole time.
All those lights on the left are the train-car. All the lights on the right are the waiting station. There were tealights in white bags lit up all along the tracks, and green red and purple trees all along the way also. This year I'm not doing a Christmas tree, but I am putting lights on everything I possibly can, so I was into the light theme.