Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Local Lights During Christmas Week



My favorite neighbors came by last night and took me along for Japanese food and a drive through town to admire the Christmas lights. Above, that's the lotus tower at the Self Realization Fellowship on the Coast Highway, decorated beautifully for Christmas.



A row of candy canes on light posts and palm tree trunks wrapped with lights.



Looking up through a canopy of purple and yellow lights as we drove under.



Santa had set up shop under three open air tents and was taking last minute requests from excited children.

On this day before Christmas Eve, here's an historic carol.



Before there was "Rudolf, The Red Nosed Reindeer" or "Frosty The Snowman", there was "Bring A Torch, Jenette, Isabelle", a French Christmas carol dating back to the mid 1500s. In this video, the venerable song is performed by a high school choir dressed in English Renaissance costumes in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, in 2007.

6 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

Lovely lights. French Essence has posted some lovely "fairly lights" photos the last few days as well. The French carol made me think of it...

High Desert Diva said...

Fairy lights

Sweet Repose said...

Well, the ice and winter weather don't make for much of a fun holiday, but alas, Christmas in Iowa...those crazy people wanting a white Christmas are tetched in the head, they need to move here for 3 months!!!

At least the lights and decorations make light of it...

steven said...

hello golden west, thanks for sharing this lovely carol. it's new to me. i love the lights! love them!!!! steven

bathmate said...

I liked it.
Bathmate

32˙North said...

The lotus is always a sight to behold!