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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Christmas Lights (10/30/08)

TITLE: Carriage Ride In The Snow
By Anne Harrell


Carriage Ride IN The Snow

Back almost ten years ago, Mark and I took my parents and children to see the lights at the Botanical Gardens one week before Christmas. We had purchased tickets six weeks in advance and there was no return of the money if we canceled out. The children were all excited about riding in a horse drawn carriage, especially to see the Christmas lights and seeing the carolers singing along the route of the garden adorn with zillions of lights.

When the day came for us to go for the carriage ride it was very blustery and cold along with snow had started to fall about the middle of the afternoon in form of flurries and some of the snow sticking to the ground leaving a dusting of snow on the ground. It was just enough snow to make the lights that night glisten against the freshly falling snow.

The beautiful lights of all shapes and designs were all decked out everywhere with in a five-mile stretch. About mid way through the ride, the snow had started falling once again reminding Mark and I of how beautiful God’s creation is. Oh was the ride a cold one yet every minute of the ride was fun for all of us. My Mom and I had carried several thick quilts for all of us to wrap up in to try to keep us warm. We also took a couple of thermos of hot chocolate to keep us all warm even thou ice icicles had formed on our noses.

After seeing the lights all decked out, the children begged their grandparents to go down to the beach along the board walk and ride through seeing the lights along the beach. Again, the Christmas lights were adorned on both sides of the road and some even went out on the ocean. At least this time we rode in a warm toasty car. Just seeing the lights out against the waves excited the children enough that they were ready for Christmas to come. The count down was on and it was more difficult to calm down the children once the nighttime came. They wanted to go out in all the neighborhoods and see all the richly people’s decorations since they knew they was see Christmas lights strung along the properties touching each of property owners land. Their favorite pass time after dinner now is right after Thanksgiving is go out to see the lights and count how many Christmas trees each home has. They think it is crazy to see two or three trees in some of the homes.

My daughter Katie told us when she was seven years old, “Mommy and Daddy I know why there are brunches of lights at Christmas.” When Mark and I asked her then “why” are there so many lights Katie?” Katie’s response was “because Baby Jesus was the light that came into the world and the lights are Jesus.” Well you know I am very proud of my daughter from thinking about the lights represents Christ, because He did come to be the light of the world. Each year why not put a little more lights out on the lawn or on the tree to show that Jesus lives here.

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Marlene Austin11/06/08
Sweet family portrait. Thanks for sharing. :)