Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh, what fun it is to ride in….the backseat of a Honda Pilot holding a mug of hot chocolate in your hand, laughing with friends, and peeping at Christmas lights!
Jeff and I had such a fun night with our friends Mark and Lu and their kids last night. We were invited to their house for a casual dinner before our First Annual Christmas Light Ride. Lu made three (yes, an overachiever if ever there was one and more energy than anyone I know) kinds of soup and had fixings for sandwiches. The soups were D’licious! She made a chick pea soup that you top to taste with fresh cilantro, a warm baked potato and bacon soup that you top to taste with shredded cheese, and a spicy lamb and veggie soup. All were incredibly warming and homey. And the sandwich fixings were definitely not your ordinary deli. There were several kinds of bread including jalapeno cheese bread (mmm mmm mmm), different meats and cheeses, a bevy of condiments and toppings. What a terrific meal.
And since Jeff and I don’t have kids of our own, it is a nice change of pace to have dinner in a house full of activity and some great sarcastic humor. It was the funny banter between siblings that you just can’t get anywhere else sprinkled with movie quotes and an obvious love for one another!!!
After dinner, we all filled our hot chocolate mugs with mini marshmallows and Jeff’s decadent homemade hot chocolate (the kind that should come with a Surgeon General’s warning and a cardiologist) and six of us headed for the car. Mark tuned in some Christmas music and away we went….
We drove through trailer parks and fancy neighborhoods and everything in between looking for the best light display. I’m not surprised that times have changed – there’s evidence of it everywhere; but I am surprised at how much times have changed with Christmas light displays. It used to be that there was one family you heard about who spent a boat-load of money and time decorating their house – now it seems to be much more prevalent.
We drove for about two and a half hours and covered many miles and visited three houses at which you tune your car radio to a station that plays tunes to which the light display is timed. How cool? Very!
Since I am never shy to share my opinion, my favorite light displays of the ride were:
- Meadow View in Mechanicsburg off York Road for best neighborhood light display. There was barely a house that wasn’t decorated to the nines. I think it must be in the bylaws that if you live there you HAVE to put out a minimum of 10,000 lights at Christmas!
- Lake Drive in Braeburn Estates in Mechanicsburg for best single house display without music.
- Kingswood in Mechanicsburg off Orr’s Bridge Road (turn in at the main entrance and make two lefts) for the best single house display with music via radio station.
- The Wertzes in Dillsburg off Cold Springs Road for best single song – Toy Sack to the tune of Love Shack by the B-52’s. We almost missed this song, but fortunately stuck around long enough for the best belly laugh of the night!
- The Blatherwick’s in Mechanicsburg for best single tacky lawn ornament! Oh, wait….maybe it’s not in their yard.
A day or two ago, we thought we’d take a ride….to look at Christmas lights with some friends AND we had a terrific time. Although we weren’t dashing through the snow…..and we weren’t in a one horse open sleigh…..we were definitely laughing all the way – ha ha ha!!!