Snowmen in a Land without Snow   2 comments

Seeing the Christmas lights is a tradition in my family. Some of my earliest memories involve riding around with my parents in December looking at Christmas lights in various parts of Phoenix. It was a thing my family did, as long as we all lived together. When I grew up and had a family of my own, I did the same for my wife, daughter, and son.  Now, everyone is grown up, and mostly we have separated and gone our own distinct ways, but I still feel the compulsion to make an effort to see and appreciate the Christmas lights that people put up around Phoenix. I don’t have to see the latest and greatest, but when I see something cool, I do stop and admire it.

There is one house in my neighborhood that is really extravagant. Tonight, I walked over to admire it and take pictures. It is only about half a mile from my apartment as the eagle flies, but was 1.26 miles away as I walked it, taking various side trips on the way. I had a dual purpose–see the lights, and walk at least 3 miles today.

Christmas lights don’t really need much commentary. You’ve all seen them. Most of you have probably put up your own. After I saw the best place, I still had walking to do, and a camera, so I thought it might be fun to record all the Christmas Snowmen on my path. We never get snow in Phoenix, so it’s kind of odd to see Snowmen standing around grinning in the night–hence the title of this blog.

And now, on the tour, which encompassed about 3.5 miles of walking by me.  I hope you appreciate my efforts–lol.

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Here begin the images of the King of Christmas in this neighborhood.

Here begin the images of the King of Christmas in this neighborhood.

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The only part of the front yard not covered in lights was this little Christmas creche.

The only part of the front yard not covered in lights was this little Christmas creche.

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And here's a last view of the huge Christmas tree that dominates the yard and all of northwest Phoenix.

And here’s a last view of the huge Christmas tree that dominates the yard and all of northwest Phoenix.

These guys made me think it might be fun to take pix of all the giant snowmen around here.

These guys made me think it might be fun to take pix of all the giant snowmen around here.

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I just like the blue lights.

I just like the blue lights.

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Santa and a polar bear in a hot tub. Apparently the snow men are not eages to get inside.

Santa and a polar bear in a hot tub. Apparently the snow men are not eages to get inside.

This last shot is just the full moon rising over the neighborhood apartments. The small lights are the minimal decoarations. It looks tiny, but to me it was big and yellow and the single best light of the evening.

This last shot is just the full moon rising over the neighborhood apartments. The small lights are the minimal decoarations. It looks tiny, but to me it was big and yellow and the single best light of the evening.

So, what are the lights like in  your neighborhood? Feel free to leave a comment of a picture.

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Posted December 8, 2014 by atroll in Christmas, Christmas lights in Phoenix, Uncategorized

2 responses to “Snowmen in a Land without Snow

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  1. Relatively few holiday displays in my neighborhood, which is of townhouses and have small or no lawns. There’s one corner lot which has just enough room for two animatronic reindeer.

    I just lined my front window with a string of lights (a bargain, $1.00, from a thrift shop) and put two little light-bestrewn fake pine trees on either side of my stoop. I’ll be back east visiting on the week of Christmas, so they’ll be on timers and make my house look lived in!

    Those inflatable displays are very imaginative. It must take a lot of work to design stuff like that. Also a lot of room to store them through the year!

  2. We did the Christmas light tour drive this past Friday…train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it….Proverbs. It is still fun!

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