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As a child who moved a lot with the Navy, I remember spending our first Christmas in each new town driving around to see which neighborhood had the most spectacular light displays. My brother and I erred on the side of "more is more". We loved the homes that threw caution to the wind, running up the electric bill for the month of December by indulging in large color bulbs all over the yard and house. My parents, of course, preferred the more classic decorations of their New England upbringing that featured a spotlight on the front door adorned with evergreeen wreaths and large red velvet bows; maybe a single candle in each of the front windows. Though we disagreed on style, we all agreed on the purpose of the outing. It was quiet time together, during a crazy time of year, that reminded us no matter where we were geographically, it was Christmas because we were together.
The holidays are here and there are a ton of fun things around the triangle to help get in the spirit. No matter what holiday you celebrate, or if you are the grinch type, take a break from your normal routine and enjoy some of what our area has to offer. If you are into homes and decorating, don't miss the Historic Oakwood Candleight tour on December 9 and 10 from 1-7 pm. Residents open their homes to the masses so we can see architecture and holiday decorations from the early 20th century.
If mainstream culture is more your speed, head over to the theater in Five Points to see Rialto Elf December 4 at 7 pm. They serve beer and wine so you won't worry so much about the uncomfortable seats. They do NOT take credit cards. For real lights and action, bring your own camera to the NC Chinese Lantern Festival . This takes place from now through January 14 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Obivously it has to be dark out to see the lights so plan accordingly.
Christmas Lights on the Farm It's about a 45 minute drive to Wilson NC from Raleigh but you could sing carols all the way. Don't miss Big Daddy's General Store at the end of the hay ride for old fashion candy and prices. Open on weekends from Thanksgiving through December 23. If you don't mind driving, head east to Rocky Mount and find Bulluck's furniture and gift shop. They still gift wrap your purchases with the pretties paper and bows I have ever seen. And bring your nickles, because they "sell" bottle Coca-Cola from the old school machine.
To recreate the family excursion without driving check out the Raleigh Trolley Holiday Light Tour now through December 29
And this Saturday night is the Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting December 2 from 4-8. I skipped the parade as it was a balmy 65 and I wasn't in the mood. There is also the Marbles Kids Museum Evening With Elves on December 1 from 6-8:30. S'Mores, Snowflake Fairy and fun.
Melanie Jones is a real estate broker in Raleigh and the greater Triangle area who is known for her tenacity and passion. The key to her success hinges on one thing: people. Melanie starts every trans....
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