Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This Past Week At My House

I'm actually a little late writing this, but I'm sure I won't lose any brownie points because of it. We took our annual trek to Williamsburg, Virgina for their Grand Illumination. The weather this year was wonderful. It was very mild outside. We once again toured Busch Garden's Christmas Town.

Carollers greet you in the center square when you first arrive.

This year we made it to the North Pole and saw the live penguins.

The most spectacular light display I saw was this one. It is their log ride in the summer. Now it is decorated with thousands of lights, and so beautiful.

This is the water the logs float on during warm weather, now a lake of lights...

We saw several shows, and they were all spectacularly performed.

Williamsburg was very crowded this year. I imagine the mild weather brought the crowds out. It was hard to walk around, because of all the people. But the fireworks were really grand....

We ended the evening enjoying dinner with our travelling companions, Barry and Sonia.

We went to General Smallwood's house this past Sunday. I just love decorated windowsills, illuminated with candlelight.

Here is an elaborate table centerpiece made with live greenery and fruit. The place setting is simple though, compared to today's tablescapes.

Their forks were only two-tined, which would feel strange to eat with now.

I am not a fan of the green oranges used this year for decorations. They looked moldy to me, but are called osage oranges and are native to certain areas around here.

This is a nice mantle decorated with candles and greenery and fruit. Such creativity is used to decorate this house every year for Christmas. It is always very welcoming and festive.

Have a great week!