Santa's Wonderland costs a pretty penny, however, so after spending hundreds of dollars taking our family there last year, I found myself in search of a slightly less expensive Christmas light adventure this year. I found what I was looking for by creating it myself; I invited our friends to join us at a local - and free - park with a decent light display and we held our own Christmas light fun run*.
When we finished our run through the park, we indulged in cookies and hot chocolate and the kids played together like they'd been cooped up in pens for the last 48 hours. (We had originally planned to bring Bahama Bucks' snowballs so the kids could have a snowball fight, but after last week's actual snowstorm we decided fake snowballs wouldn't be all that exciting.) The evening was fun and memorable, but also simple, easy, and inexpensive.
We may return to Santa's Wonderland next December - perhaps visiting Texas' largest Christmas attraction will become an every-other-year tradition - but I love knowing that when we choose to skip the extravagance, we can create a version that's just as fun and meaningful for our kids.
|I took at least 20 pictures of this group - in not |
one of them were all 17 kids looking at the camera.
|It only took one try to get all 13 adults to look at the camera, and |
for perhaps the first time ever, my eyes are open in a brightly-lit shot!
|Cookies and hot chocolate in the pavilion after our run.|
|So much fun! So much sugar!|
|You know, just because...|