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Holiday Lights In The Neighborhood!

I love this time of year! I especially love how whimsical it is with holiday lights inside and outside, stores decorated, streets decorated. When I had my own apt. I had white Christmas lights strung and hung all around my living room ceiling. Somehow no matter what was going on, I felt like magic and miracles were always possible with those lights shining.

I walked the other night and ended up taking photos of houses and trees decorated, some with special yard decorations. I only have my Samsung Galaxy smart phone, so the lights didn’t come out as sharp as they look in person, but you can get the idea.

Here are photos of houses. I love how individual it all is as it allows everyone to express themselves in perhaps a more extravagant way than normal.



And then there were trees decorated..palm trees, shorter shrub trees, all kinds of trees.



Everyone needs a Christmas Unicorn 🙂



I also saw this lovely angel on a daytime walk.



And lastly, I walked by this awesome decorated old VW van:

However you celebrate the holidays and/or Winter Solstice, or whether you don’t celebrate it…I wish you a blessed end of the year as we move into a New Year! This coming year, it is my desire, intention and prayer, that we finally and fully move this planet and all life upon it, into peaceful, abundant, healthy, love and light filled life; where we have a world that works for all, honors all; where all have clean water and air, a comfortable home, meaningful relationships and ways to share their gifts and talents; where everyone feels loved and cared for in all ways.

I appreciate you sharing this journey with me, taking the time to read my blog. If you like it, please like/follow/comment/reblog.

Love, katelon

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Balboa Park December Nights …the lights!

On Dec. 5, and Dec. 6, Balboa park held their 38th annual December Nights celebration. It started at 3 on Friday and noon on Sat. I first read about it while visiting San Diego in 2003. I couldn’t figure out how to get there at the time so didn’t go. Since I was in town last year, I attempted to go but again couldn’t figure out parking and ended up driving home. This year, I researched it so that I could find parking.

I was up early at 4:30 that morning, so kind of sleepy all day but I’m glad I went. I arrived early at 10:30, to park in the free Zoo parking, which put me only a short walk to the main festivities. As I arrived so early, I just walked around to watch the set up, and since I wanted to see the lights, I stayed until after dark to see the park lit up. I walked around for about 5 hours, sat or stood and watched some of the performances, ate some junk (hot dog wrapped in bacon with Mexican style sauteed veggies with it, kettle corn) and some healthy fruit snacks I took, too. I’m glad I went and glad I had the stamina to keep going all day.

I saw so much that I decided to divide my posts into 5 posts. If you are ever in San Diego for this event, check it out!

I’m starting with the lights!

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I started walking west toward the plaza at sunset. On both sides of the avenue, the buildings had trees out of lights on top.

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Here is the sun setting lighting the California Tower and casting a beautiful glow on the Plaza.

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The main plaza had these lights strung across it and this lit up tower.

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I loved this snowflake cast on the California Tower, and the lit up street welcoming the thousands of visitors. People were pouring into the park for the night activities.

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Here are some lovely snowflakes shining on the Botanical building.

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The organ pavilion looked magical lit up in lights.

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These were light displays set up on the east side of the zoo. I walked past them on my way back to my car.

Hope you’ve enjoyed these photos! Thanks for joining me.

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