Now that Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are behind us and the holiday season is in full swing, we encourage all of you to check out your local community and see what’s happening during this festive month. Almost every town these days dresses up their trees, parks, and storefronts in celebration of the holidays. It’s a great opportunity to get together with family, friends, and neighbors to do a little Christmas shopping, enjoy the lights, and perhaps even sit on Santa’s lap. And while we all enjoy the festive Christmas light displays of the big city, sometimes in the hustle and bustle of December, it is difficult to take a whole day to visit.
Beautifully lit streets.
A festive storefront
Beautifully decorated trees dressing a restaurant entrance
There is something so charming about strolling down the streets of a small town at Christmas time. You almost feel like you’re in a beloved holiday movie, such as It’s a Wonderful Life. Of course the evening isn’t complete without sharing a meal and toasting the upcoming holiday.
June always gets talked into posing but she loved the alley of Christmas lights
This year May and June decided to stay close to home by visiting downtown Arlington Heights, Illinois to enjoy a holiday happy hour, and do a little Christmas shopping. The weather was cold and windy, so we bundled up and enjoyed walking down the beautifully lit streets and nearby park, and we even found a few gifts. We both are big supporters of local businesses. The stores are unique, friendly, and you can always find something for that special someone on your list. And by supporting your local businesses you keep your local community vibrant, and hopefully attract even more businesses you can enjoy. Chances are, you’ll also probably run into someone you know. Some stores are keeping longer hours this month too, which is nice for those last minute gifts on your Christmas list.
A streetscape that should be in the movies
This is Santa’s tree farm
Our town’s North School Park wishing everyone a wonderful season
We were able to get in the holiday spirit with all of the Christmas lights (and the glass of prosecco probably helped too) all without going too far from home. And once we had enough Christmas spirit, we were both able to arrive home in ten minutes, and get tucked warmly in our pajamas. Have a good weekend! –May and June
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful –Norman Vincent Peale