Christmas Traditions

It’s hard to believe Santa will be here tonight. A month ago, my life was swamped with balancing parenting, completing report cards and parent-teacher conferences, December 24th seemed like forever away. How I found time to buy presents, never mind wrap them, is beyond me.

Our two trees are beautifully trimmed, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care and the freezer is overflowing with food… must mean we’re ready for the big day.

A fond childhood Christmas memory for me was bundling up, climbing into the car, and driving around looking at Christmas lights with my mom. 30+ years ago Christmas lights were quite different. Inflatables didn’t exist, and variation of Christmas light colors were limited. We were excited when we came across a house with more then a few strands of lights. Lights that flashed were a novelty. Regardless, the bright lights brought a twinkle to everyone’s eye.

Now, as a mom, I try to create the same memories for our kids. While their love for Christmas lights might not be quite the obsessive love that I have, I hope they appreciate it the same.

From Candy Cane Lane in Edmonton, to the streets of Graybriar in Stony Plain, houses were decorated beautifully, leaving children and adults alike, in awe.

Candy Cane Lane

My first memory of Christmas lights in Edmonton was in 2004 when Clive took me to Candy Cane Lane. Coming from a small town in northwestern Ontario, I had never seen anything like it. House after house was decked out with lights and homemade creations. This year I learned about the streets of Graybriar in Stony Plain. In my opinion, this beats Candy Cane Lane. I’ve been there 3 times in the last couple of weeks and each time, my jaw drops in amazement. If you haven’t checked it out, be sure to do so.

Graybriar

As per usual the trees surrounding the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton and Central Park in Spruce Grove are beautifully decorated. Lights are perfectly draped from the top of the tree to the trunk, bringing the dark night alive. Our favorite tree at the latter, what we call ‘The Christmas Wish Tree’ warms my heart and makes me believe anything is possible.

Alberta Legislature

Central Park

The Singing Christmas house on 167 Street in Edmonton has you tune to 107.5 FM and offers an interactive light show perfectly tuned to the music on your radio.

The Singing Christmas House

The Live Nativity Pageant hosted by a local church is something we’ve experienced every year since we moved to Spruce Grove in 2006. The Christmas story is brought to life by community members and never disappoints.

I’d love to write more but we’re off to the hill sliding to keep our family Christmas traditions alive.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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