I haven’t gotten around to writing my Advent activities post yet (at this point, is it even still relevant…?) but tonight was one of my favorite activities to check off the list every year… tonight was the night we took our annual walk-about on Christmas Card Lane.
For those who aren’t native to San Diego, you may have an equivalent as well – basically, a handful of families rallied in 1982 to create some holiday magic through large, painted Christmas billboards on their lawn. Over the years, the number of participating homes has swelled. Last I read, there were over 200 homes decking themselves out with lighted themes and images.
My family has been coming to Christmas Card Lane for about as long as I remember. One of my very earliest and fondest Christmas memories was loading into the car in cozy jammies with my little sister after dark and listening to the Chipmunks Christmas Song while we cruised the streets. These days, your best bet is to park a few blocks away and schlep in; that said, there are always several homes per street offering treats and cocoa for some charity or club or another.
I have a photo somewhere – a really terrible one – of my older son in the Ocah on my back… four years ago. He was 2.5 then, and so very chubby faced. I was 9 months pregnant, just a week or two out from welcoming our little babe into the world. It was cold. I was tired. And yet, still so happy.
Tonight, had that same feeling. In spite of chasing my little ones off of just about every lawn, fighting the no-more-candy-cane battles, and feeling the heartbreak of knowing with very little doubt that this is my last babywearing Christmas, the vibe was perfectly peaceful.
Strolling up and down the sidewalks, listening to Pentatonix and Justin Bieber Christmas albums, tucking into a cozy bed together.
Tonight is exactly everything I needed and wanted it to be.