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December 11 2014 @ 10:00 am
25 Days of Christmas: Local Celebration  
I love living in a rural area because one thing they seem to do, which I don't remember the city doing, is celebrate by shutting down their main streets and leaving shops opened late to celebrate Christmas.

Every year, locally, the towns around us goes all out. One town shuts down the street and all the shops stay open late, rather than closing at 5pm. The shops usually put out cookies and sometimes hot chocolate. The wine tasting rooms provide you with a glass of wine if you are so inclined. The bakery gives out cream puffs (I wish I'd taken a picture of those) and the candy shop busts out it's Christmas candy. It is wonderful and so homey.

Below: Solid Chocolate Christmas Trees with powdered sugar as snow.
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Below: Giant Candy Canes hanging behind the counter at the candy shop ready to be sold.
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Below: People filling the streets all lite up with Christmas lights.
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Some pictures I found online of the Parade they put on.
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Then another town over there is the old train towns and they have a Christmas train ride you can take.
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And in a local State Park they have the procession of Mary with a twist. But they sing carols and it is all very fun!
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Is there some event you all do locally?

Days Until Christmas: 14
tracyj23: Holiday - Christmas treetracyj23 on December 11th, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
That is just wonderful. I think I would love to live there around Christmas time - I grew up in a small town too where things were a lot different than they are here. Of course I'd miss the snow, because I like the cold and snow at Christmas, but I could get used to it. :)

We have a Festival of Lights parade that goes through downtown nearby us, but the last couple of years they've combined it with the Santa Claus parade and they have it so early that it just doesn't feel like Christmas yet so we've stopped going. They had it on November 15 this year. I don't know if there's something we do every year - last Christmas day we went ice skating at an outdoor rink nearby, and that was loads of fun. We don't all have skates that fit this year though ...
Jill aka Jo: Holiday: Snow Christmas Timesireesanwar on December 12th, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
This place has it's perks. ;-)

November 15?! That is insane. All of our festivals and open houses all take place in the first two weeks of December which seems fitting to me. November 15, that is just crazy.

I've never been ice skating and no I'd just hurt myself. But what a fun thing to do. Growing feet huh? Is there a place you could rent some?

That seems like a lovely Christmas time activity.
tracyj23: Holiday - green Christmas treetracyj23 on December 13th, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
I know right? It's crazy to be starting that early. Beginning of December should be early enough.

I suppose there might be. My BIL and SIL have a bunch of skates too so we could perhaps talk to them and swap sizes to make sure everyone has skates that fit. Two of their kids used to play hockey so they had a lot of skates over the years. It really is a lot of fun skating, so I want to find a way to make sure we all have skates that fit.
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Beauchampsireesanwar on December 15th, 2014 08:41 pm (UTC)

I would too. Ice skating sounds like fun and I rather wish I'd learned as a kid when I had less inhibitions and more health coverage. LOL
tracyj23: Holiday - dressed warmtracyj23 on December 16th, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
Heehee! It is definitely fun. I really enjoy it.
Jo Annyeuxdebleu on December 12th, 2014 01:51 am (UTC)
That's all so pretty. We don't have anything like that around where I live. There aren't many stores, for starters.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 13th, 2014 06:28 am (UTC)
Gosh, sometimes it kills me how rural we are but you're way out there. Better you than me.
Jo Annyeuxdebleu on December 15th, 2014 05:06 am (UTC)
I received your beautiful Christmas card yesterday and your town looks more like a city to me. O^O Our village has a population of 524, a volunteer fire department, one non-denominational church and a K - 6 elementary school.

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In the next comment, are some pics of our property, all clickable thumbnails. They made the comment was too big when included with the others.

Jo Ann: C'mas: Angel holds cat GIFyeuxdebleu on December 15th, 2014 05:07 am (UTC)
Our house and property.

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Equip. Shed 7-26-06 photo EquipmentShed-BackYard7-26-06.jpg

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Back of the house for satellite installer taken 6-26-09 photo Backofhouse6-26-09.jpg
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 17th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
Very beautiful. We've got lots of wide open green (in the spring) spaces too. I'll have to get some pictures come spring.
Jo Ann: C'mas: Angel holds cat GIFyeuxdebleu on December 17th, 2014 04:06 am (UTC)
Thanks. I've love to see pics of your place, too.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC)
I will try to remember... maybe I should start with some wintery ones now... I'll get on that.
Jill aka Jo: Movie: Dorisireesanwar on December 17th, 2014 12:40 am (UTC)
Picturesque looking but sooo small! Yes we've got more like 3000+ which is nice. We would seem like a bustling city to you.

We basically have one main road that runs through town. Everyone lives off on some side streets but it is impossible to get lost here.
Jo Ann: C'mas: Cmas tree blinkingyeuxdebleu on December 17th, 2014 04:11 am (UTC)
The largest town in the upper half of NH has about 9,000 people and it's 25 miles east of us. West of us is a town of about 3,000. Our little village used to have a general store, but it went belly up and the town bought the property to build our new fire department building. This really is the boonies.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it. We have some big supermarkets, several fast food places and a Starbucks so I guess we aren't as rural as I thought.
Jo Ann: C'mas:Two ladies shoppingyeuxdebleu on December 20th, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
If you have supermarkets, fast food restaurants and a Starbucks, I wouldn't consider where you live to be rural at all.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 22nd, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
LOL No you wouldn't but for California it is pretty rural. But then we are getting bigger every day. We are about an hour outside of two major cities and people are trickling up here more and more.
Jo Ann: Winter: Cars on snowy roadyeuxdebleu on December 23rd, 2014 04:12 am (UTC)
The town where I grew up in Ohio is 10 times the size it was when I was little. It's only 45 minutes from Cleveland, Youngstown and Akron and people have poured in, built homes and businesses and think nothing of commuting 45 minutes to an hour to work. No one made a commute like that when I was a child. Now my hometown is a bedroom community.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 24th, 2014 06:43 pm (UTC)
We have people who live here that communte 3 hours to San Francisco. That is crazy to me. I can see 45 minutes since a lot around me is that far away anyway but 3 hours????
Jo Ann: Rolling eyes GIFyeuxdebleu on December 25th, 2014 07:23 am (UTC)
Gosh, if I had to commute three hours, I'd either move closer to SF or stay in town during the week. That's six hours round trip...crazy!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 2nd, 2015 06:41 pm (UTC)
I know! It is insane. A friend of mine lives outside of SF and her total commute time for the day is 2 hours. That seems like a lot to me but 6??? People are crazy.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on December 15th, 2014 08:13 am (UTC)
Oh wow, that is amazing! Almost makes me wish we'd come for Christmas instead of earlier in the year :D
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 17th, 2014 12:50 am (UTC)
That would have been neat too! Christmas time has a lot going on but it is all spread out over December which actually is very nice because it seems like there is always something to do.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on December 17th, 2014 08:37 am (UTC)
Seeing the pictures, it really looks like there is a Christmas feeling all around. You don't really find that here.
Sure there are Christmas markets, and some of them are really nice. But most of them aren't really all that Christmas-y. I don't know.
It's like they throw out some mandatory decoration and are done with it.
It's kinda sad when you think about it :D

Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2014 11:54 pm (UTC)
That is kind of sad.

Well, I hope you can find some great Christmas spirit around.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on January 5th, 2015 09:02 am (UTC)
I have PLANS for Christmas this year *nods* :D yes, already :D
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 7th, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
Cool what are they?
Phoenixburned_phoenix on January 7th, 2015 08:39 am (UTC)
I will make my own tree. Not just decorate one, make one :D
And then decorate it. And I'll have a nice Christmas Eve dinner, if family wants to come, they can, if not, it's not my problem and bring cookies to the homeless shelter.

I think that's all I have planned right now :D
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 8th, 2015 11:20 pm (UTC)
Those are great plans!