December 13, 2013

Oh, Tidings of Comfort and Joy

I must say, I've been having the most delightful holiday season. This past weekend was supposed to see my annual trip into New York City for the window tour, but, unfortunately, I've had a lingering head cold and I just didn't feel up to making that long walk down 5th Avenue. Still, there are a lot of things to do locally and I've been making the most of it. As it has been a while since I've been online, so I'll do my best to recap some of the activities.

On Black Friday, as is usual, I spent the day decorating the house. This year, I dug out some of the very old ornaments that had belonged to my grandmother. These date back as far as the 1940s. Having sat in storage for many years, they were quite dusty, though, once cleaned up, they sparkled like diamonds. I really love the old-world flavor they lend to the Christmas tree. In the evening, I went out to the 4th Annual Huntington Parade of Lights. It was a really big event this year with lots of boats. These included a decked-out pirate ship with cannons blasting and a fire boats that sailed by with streams of water launching high into the evening air.

On Small Business Saturday, I went out to the Cradle of Aviation Museum to attend the Long Island Festival of Trees. This year, along with all of the performances, the event had a Star Wars theme and featured many of the familiar characters mingling with the guests among the ornately-dressed trees: Boba Fett, Emperor Palpatine, Jedi Knights, Stormtroopers, Tuskan Raiders, and, perhaps my favorite of all, a Darth Vader Santa complete with candy cane lightsaber. There were lots of crafty activities to do as well, such as cookie decorating and spin art. Of course, a stroll through the aviation museum is always enjoyable.

This last weekend started off with a trip to the Mills Pond House on Saturday morning. There is an elaborate holiday train set up in the basement that is open for viewing just for December. It is amazing to watch these toys trains belching smoke and chugging through a vividly-detailed miniature landscape that boasts mountains, houses, towns, and circus scenes.Along with the train, Mills Pond also has a new art exhibit and a Granny's Attic sale going on for the holidays.

Saturday evening, I went out to Camp Edey in Bayport to take a drive through the Girl Scouts' Holiday Light Show and then to the Holtsville Ecology Center for the Holiday Spectacular. Both events were bright and cheerful with proceeds going toward good causes. Very fun. Cheers!

"A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!"

~Proverbs 15:23