|A Wonderful Christmas Light Show!|
Well you’re certainly not alone! Right before Christmas, many people really feel the need to change their surroundings, but because they have spent so much cash on their Christmas Wish Lists, there just in’t enough money left in the budget to go out and do anything entertaining. One tradition that our family has always done is looking at Christmas Lights! It started out when I was a kid, we would all pack into the family care and cruise up and down the blocks looking at the numerous Christmas spectacles.
Although I’m quite a bit older, the tradition here in Central Florida is till going strong. My entire family still packs up every year to check out the many individual free light shows that our neighbors put on annually. We have found that during the week, we tend to drive the same routes to and from work, to the store, and we’re pretty set in our ways. Every year though, we literally canvas the neighborhood looking at all sorts of Christmas displays. While there have been a few variations in the past, the premise is pretty much the same, just get out and go!
Last year my brother in law actually fired up his RV and a good 12 to 13 of us actually piled in. We were all chanting Christmas songs, and even had hot cocoa at the ready! I realize not everyone has an RV, but you can certainly pack into any automobile and have some family oriented fun. We have noticed un recent years that the displays are getting more and more elaborate with blow up characters, synchronized lights to music, and one home owner actually dresses up like Santa and sits on his porch to wave to people as they go by!
A few years ago, I owned a one seater Harley Davidson Sportster, and had to take it in for an oil change. At the dealership, I grabbed one of their loaner bikes and my wife and I went driving around that night. We were pretty frosty by the time we got in, but checking out lights via motorcycle can be a great way to get into the holiday spirit. It’s also a rather romantic gesture, so if you’re looking for a great date idea, this is the way to go. If you don’t own a motorcycle and neither do any of your friends, you can call around to your local motorcycle dealership and ask about rentals. They are usually under $100 to rent for the weekend, and since it’s December there usually isn’t a problem with availability.
Even though it sounds simple, I have very fond memories of riding around town with my parents as a kid looking at Christmas lights. It’s a tradition that won’t cost you penny to start, and you can go a few times before people generally take down their lights; just don’t forget the hot cocoa!