Well Christmas is rushing along. We are getting ready for our weekend of running around from one side of the state to have Christmas Eve with family, to leaving at probably around midnight and driving up to the Eastern Shore so we can wake up and have Christmas with Mom and Dad. Mom phoned me all excited that not only will we be waking up extra early for Christmas so that we can go to Church service, but also we can wake up even earlier and go down to feed the horses hot bran mash.
Now after probably arriving at sometime around 3AM...then waking up at 6AM, just to freeze my butt off to go to a barn and feed horses hot grain as opposed to it's normal at room temp grain...is not my idea how to start a very merry Christmas. Warm covers, more sleep, prepared breakfast and hot coffee as I get my pajama-laden ass down the stairs...now that's a MERRY Christmas!
Mom's a bit disappointed at my nonreciprocating excitement. "But it's a Christmas tradition!," she said. I don't think the horses are going to remember it from last year that we were there at any certain time to dump a bucket of hot bran in it; but if you think they will, maybe we can fool them and set their wristwatches back a few hours on Christmas Eve and we can make it there after church.
Well, for Christmas, I'll leave this Christmas amusement for you...We have a regular tradition of going around driving and gazing at houses decorated with lights and displays. I love doing this and feel like I'm a kid again when I do. As a grown-up I've kept this tradition and started doing it every year with friends, and making a fun night of it. Well, there are quite a few very impressive and time consuming decorated houses, and ones we go back to every year. One of these is one that I've visited since I was less than four years old and has a real train that rides kids around it. But there is one house that's been around forever that just blows the pants of all the decorated house in all the world...
Dear readers, may I present to you...
THE WORLD'S TACKIEST (BUT OH SO MUCH FUN) HOUSE DECORATED FOR CHRISTMAS:
I can't even fit the whole house and yard in the picture. Wanna get closer:
What you don't realize in this above picture...it is just a mere small section of all the giant inflatables and figures on his roof. Try this next one for a better perspective...see those two dark figures all the far, far left of the picture in front of the gate...THOSE ARE PEOPLE.
This one just gets bigger and bigger each year. If you live in the Alexandria area...this house on Fairview Lane is only a couple minutes down Rt. 1 from Old Town. (On the street that is across for the Krispy Kreme, which is a landmark around here,take a left...You'll see the glow just as you start to go down it.)
If you want to find other great decorated houses and events in this area, here is an excellent website with a map, archives and outragous pictures (More pics of the Fairview house are on here...see #13). There's also info on the infamous waterskiing Santa and his friends that annually ski down the Potomac along the parkway on Christmas Eve day. Also here is a link of cool pictures of Old Town (where we live) during Christmas. And our special Christmas events. I love walking around here during Christmas time and the Parade of Boats is always beautiful.
For more merriment, here's Stud:
The purple lights on the inside of the tree, made the picture a bit weird...but here he is in all his glory. Notice he has a ton of spikes still sticking out.
Finally, we were got a bit of extra special Christmas magic this year...We were leaving from seeing the decorated houses when we spotted this reindog caught in the headlights:
Marley, Piper, Jeff and I hope that all of you have a wonderful, safe and joyous Christmas!