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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Positively Christmas-y

by Mauverneen

We had our first snow of the season - and it was a beauty! Two to four inches was predicted but we ended up getting more like seven. It truly was a winter wonderland. The snow was so beautiful no one seemed to mind.

My daughter and I were planning on meeting at a downtown Joliet theatre to see the movie ELF. Not my favorite, but a Christmas theme, and it would be fun.

The Rialto Theatre is a beautiful jewel. Built in the 1920s it was a vaudeville/movie palace. When I was a kid, it was one of several movie theaters in town. Then it closed for years, eventually was renovated, reopened, and is now used as it originally was - for live performances. And occasionally, movies. (more about the Rialto)

Trees inside the theatre

My daughter Rachel and St. Nick

The movie was fun, the popcorn was good and afterwards we walked two blocks in the snow to a restaurant for dinner. All in all a great way to get in the holiday spirit.

Every community has a holiday display this time of year and New Lenox, IL, is no exception. This year they have gone all out and truly outdone themselves. Their display at the Village Commons is  a wonderland of lights. Lots of people have been showing up and driving the circular road to take a look. And a good number of them are getting out of their cars and taking a walk around the pond. Either way, it is enchanting and beautiful to look at.  

An ornament you can walk through!

This is the largest lit Santa in the country. 36 feet tall, it weighs over 5,000 pounds and has 18,500 lights! 

Not too far up the highway, in Lisle, IL, the Morton Arboretum is having their extravagant light show, Illumination, for the 3rd year in a row. It is fabulous!

And, over in Naperville, they are having a Christkindle Market - a German Christmas Market. Food, gifts, the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted, and ornaments, ornaments, ornaments!

Well, that should put us in the Christmas spirit!

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