Thursday, December 23, 2010

Yes... This is Our Christmas Tradition

Over the past two Christmases, I have loved reading about all of your family's traditions. I can smell the aroma of fresh baked treats made by the hands of you and your children. The sounds of you caroling around the neighborhood and then finishing at a neighbor's home for hot chocolate and toddies are sweet music to my ears. Some of you go as a family to a tree farm in the country to pick out the perfect Frazier fir or spruce pine. Others fly across country to visit relatives where the snow falls magically from the sky.

A few have ended their posts with the question, "What is your family's Christmas tradition?"

You really want to know?


OK, this is what we do.

Every year, we pile in the car... go to Sonic and get the biggest Sonic Blasts possible (Yes, I know this isn't very Christmas-y.)... turn the Christmas music loud... and drive around town for the "Annual W***** Tacky Christmas Light Tour". Most of these lights are in this fabulous trailer park about ten minutes out of town. It takes about fifteen minutes to go through the whole thing, and it's just not Christmas until we take the tour. And we all yell, "Tacky Christmas lights! Tacky Christmas lights!" with glee when we arrive...

Of course I stopped in the middle of the road for this picture... 
And totally embarrassed J.

There are about four of these donation mailboxes. 
This is the fanciest... The others are written on with Sharpies.

Lots and lots o' tacky lights...

And more and more...

Never knew the Seven Dwarfs were part of Christmas...

J made the very astute comment as we drove through the trailer park o' lights
"It's obvious that some of these people spend more money and attention on their lights 
than they do on their houses." 
(Before you judge, remember that this was from the mouth of a nine-year-old!)

By this time, Handel's Messiah was blaring out of the Frosty snow globe 
in the picture above this one...

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!
, Mike, and the boys


  1. We just got back from our tour too. We had a few good ones. The best belongs to a local guy that works at Walmart and moonlights as a preacher. I love the Sonic idea, but as you probably know we don't have Sonic. We started the evening with drinks and appetizers at the home of a family friend, dinner at a local bistro and then the light tour. It was truly memorable. Love that you stop in the middle of the road. We do this too as well as pull in a few driveways.

  2. I LOVE it!!! I'm so bummed that we do a similar thing, but we do NOT have the TACKY like you do! So jealous!!

    MERRY MERRY, Christmas EVE EVE!!

  3. What a super fun tradition - thank you for sharing the pic - makes me smile thinking of you in your jammies singing to the top of your voice. Great memories for your fam.
    Merry Christmas Eve Eve,

  4. Our supper club group did this Monday night, but we didn't get to go. They even had a "Scavenger Hunt List" of things they needed to find/look for. They called it the "Redneck/Ghetto Light Tour."

  5. I love it! Awesome! Now I know why SONIC is open on Christmas....LOL
    Merry Christmas, Bevy! XOXO

  6. Love Love Love Love!!!!!! Merry Merry to you, Mike and the boys!

  7. We have a few of those too AND one yard FULL of all those blowup doll things is in the front yard of the biggest estate in town! lol

  8. This is just too funny! There is a home I pass every day on the way to school that your family really needs to see ;)

    Merry Christmas Eve ~

  9. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope to get to know you better in the coming year, as I very much enjoy your blog!

  10. I LOVE it!!! Merry Merry!!! xoxo

  11. I love this tradition!!!!

    We do that too and I just posted about it too (minus the Sonic blasts) although this year Kate and I did get a Chic fila Peppermint choc chip shake (the boys are allergic) and I think that was a BIG source of issues. They were going to have dairy free ice cream when we got home but they were so misbehaved...they got nothing!

  12. Too funny! We like to take one night leading up to the holidays to look at the lights throughout the neighborhoods, too.


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