Penny's Passion: Thinking Out Loud Thursday - December 21, 2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - December 21, 2017

It's Thursday -- and I'm just sitting down to write my weekending post.  #littlebitbehind

We crammed so much stuff into last weekend I'm just now recovered enough to write about it.  Let's start with Saturday ~ I rented a 15-passenger van and invited my family to go Christmas light looking.  After dinner, we piled into the vehicle and headed out.

My goal was to make this one of those family outings that was filled with magical moments.  We decorated the van, had scavenger hunt sheets and glow sticks for the kids, and personalized travel mugs to hold the homemade hot chocolate and wassail that was loaded in the back.  I'm not going to lie, I think I was more excited about this little adventure than anyone else was.  I did a horrible job taking pictures and I'm pretty sure no one else got pictures either.

We went to three places in the St. Louis area to see their light displays.  Our first stop was Anheuser- Busch Brewery Lights.  This free walking tour is open every Thursday through Sunday from 5:00 to 10:00 pm until December 30.  If you're not interested in drinking the beer samplings, you can bypass the long line for a wristband and walk right in.

Being up close and personal with one of their famous Clydesdale horses was a highlight at this stop.

We filled our travel mugs (that I made with my favorite Silhouette Cameo) and was headed to the next location - Gateway's Magic of Lights.

This is the first year we went to Gateway Motorsports Park Magic of Lights and was impressed with their mile-and-a-half display.  Magic of Lights St. Louis will run nightly through January 1 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm daily.  There is a per car charge for driving through.  To make your experience a little more magical, carriage rides are also available for an additional fee.

Many of their displays were lights in motion.  For example, the dump truck actually dumped the presents from the truck to the ground.  

Our next stop was one we've been to many times - Our Lady of the Snows Way of Lights.  The line to get in was LLLOOOONNNNGGG.  We waited about an hour on the highway before seeing the front gate.  Their lights are so impressive that, for me, the wait was worth it.  This free light extravaganza will be displayed nightly from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm until December 31.  Thank goodness they stayed open a bit longer on Saturday because it was after 9:00 pm before we reached the start of the line.

My nephew's reaction to the camel was priceless!  If you're so inclined, you can ride the camel, donkey or horse for a $6 fee.  Liam just wanted to look -- no riding!

Sunday we had a little get together at our house before going to a Trans-Siberian Tribute at our church.  The hot chocolate bar was definitely a hit!

It's always fun to have a little something to send home with our guests, so I made each of them a personalized ornament.

The concert was magnificent!  I can't wait until next year so we can see it again.

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When we got home from the concert, I did some etching for a friend of mine.  She needed some high ball glasses personalized for a gift she was giving.  Hope they like them!

And that's a wrap on the weekend!  With only one more weekend left before the holidays, it's time to get in those fun activities with your families.  What are some things you do to celebrate the season?

Now it's your turn -- what's on your mind today?  Link up below and share!

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  1. Wow, what a wonderful time. so beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us. Super cool.