One of my favorite things about Christmas is the lights. Even as a kid, I enjoyed looking at Christmas. My earliest memory of Christmas lights is a house that sound on a corner not far from where we lived in Philly, where the owners filled their front yard with various animatronic figures, Christmas characters, lights, and music. Santa even made an appearance at one point. From then on, looking at Christmas lights was a tradition.
Now with kids of my own, I still enjoy going to look at Christmas lights. This past weekend, Amy and I took our three youngest to Oglebay Resort, located in West Virginia. Every Christmas, Oglebay hosts The Winter Festival of Lights, a 6 mile driving tour of Christmas lights spread out over 300+ acres. Ranked as one of the top light festivals in the nation, Oglebay is a must see Christmas tradition.
With Christmas music playing in the card, we drove the 6 mile course, talking, laughing, and making memories all along the way. It was a great time. But while the big light shows are great, I still love and look for the neighborhood spectacle of Christmas lights. So we've been driving around a little in the evening looking for great lights.
While the lights are great, I think the real reason I love looking at Christmas lights is because of the memories they conjure for me. The times going out as a kid with my parents and siblings in hunt of great light displays. Now I get to share those memories and make new ones with my kids.
Whether you drive out to a local light festival or just ride around the neighborhood, take the time this Christmas to venture out and make family memories. Use that time to get out of the house, turn off the electronic devices, and talk, laugh, and reconnect with the family. It will be worth it.
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