When I was in elementary school, my church did a night of Christmas caroling every December. We visited all the shut-ins from our church, but one year, we also went to the most beautifully decorated house I'd ever seen.
To this day, when I'm in my hometown for Christmas, I make a point of driving to this one house to see their decorations. Beau and I went the Saturday night after Thanksgiving, but to my great disappointment, the lights hadn't been lit yet. At least they were beautiful all along Main Street.
I've seen many big, beautiful cities decorated for Christmas, but none of them compare to Paris.
|Roue de Paris, Place de la Concorde, December 2007|
|Pink lights outside the marché de Noel at La Défense, December 2009|
|Galeries Lafayette, December 2010|
I've been in Paris for three holiday seasons, even if I never actually spent Christmas in the city. But I was there to admire all the lights in 2007, 2009, and 2010.
This will be only my second Christmas away from my family, but I recognize that as half of a committed relationship, we have a future of holidays away from our families ahead of us. I only hope that one of those holidays will be Thanksgiving in France, with my cousins, when everything is already decorated for Christmas, but the madness of December hasn't started yet.
Until then, I'm pretty happy with the Christmas lights on my little tree and window, overlooking my apartment's parking lot.
|Please excuse the screenshot I took of my picture on Instagram.|
What's your favorite city for Christmas lights? Are you spending Christmas with your family this year? Let me know in the comments!
Note: I was trying to find the Travel Tuesday link up, and I couldn't. But I did find this link up on being a kid at Christmas, and I figured it was a similar topic to what I wrote.
Note 2: I found Travel Tuesday with Bonnie at A Compass Rose! Woohoo!