Each year, we invariably find ourselves in Downtown Glendale for Glendale Glitters. The city blocks off the square around the library, and there are arts & crafts vendors, food trucks, horse & carriage rides and thousands of lights in all of the trees.
In past years, we’ve gone much closer to Christmas, and with our cousins. This year, the cousins have moved out-of-state, so Dave, Ben and I went after dinner at our new favorite Mexican food place. (Second only to my mom’s Mexican food.) We arrived at dusk, just after the lights were turned on, and the crowds hadn’t shown up in force yet. Unlike in years past, when we needed coats and the promise of hot chocolate to keep the kids going, this year was unseasonably warm. It was seventy-five degrees when we parked the car.
After a trip or two around the square, and some detours down side streets, we headed back to the car. It wasn’t the same, somehow. The lights were still as bright, and the people were just as friendly; but, without our cousins, or with little kids excited to see Santa, the whole thing seemed just a little bit tired.
This post is part of the #adventcalendar project. Just like the advent calendars of our youth, for each day until Christmas, I will post random images as a countdown of sorts. This was inspired by my friend D at www.emmatree.com. Won’t you join us?