TeXmas

Texans know how to put the X in Christmas.

wreaths

With no snow on the ground, many homes compensate with extra sparkle and very big garden decorations.

godbless

I didn’t have my camera with me on our neighborhood Christmas light ride, but enjoyed the daytime look the next day.

penguins

Texas ‘snow’ looks like this.

TXSnow
Pickup trucks abound.

noelpickups

We savored cookies and sweets throughout the holiday week.

Plaetzchen
nibbles

Mom cooked a moveable feast which we packed in the trunk to dine at my brother’s home.

Trunkfeast

My brother took me on a Polar Express ride with the Palatine Historic Railroad.

polarexpress

We were served hot chocolate to the song of the soundtrack.

hotcocoa

Then we read along to the Polar Express book by Chris Van Allsburg and waved at Santa who awaited us at the North Pole.

north pole

Then he joined us aboard and gave each of us a bell.

santa

We can hear it ring, yay!

bell

It was a lovely train adventure that I hope to take again in daylight.

steamengine

My sister-in-law found glasses that create prismic shapes, and I had fun seeing deer (Rudolph) in headlights on the long ride home.

Rudolphglasses

Holidays with family are the best.

bridge

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