Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Holy Lights!!

So last sunday, our friends Craig and Kristy came over to pick us up to go see the lights. Yeah. See the lights. Christmas Lights, that is.
I thought we were going to drive around town, and talk and get lost and sometimes see the lights and decorations on houses of people really excited about Christmas.
Boy, was I wrong.

We drove out of the city in a direction I had rarely gone before. The east side. The way you go when you drive down to Melbourne. And we drove for about 30 mins. Then, there was a sign on the highway. A permanent sign, like the ones that announce a rest area or an information center. It said: Lobethal Lights, next exit.

OK. I really didn't what 'going to see the lights' meant.
But there is was. A whole village in the country side was completely lit up.
As soon as we entered the village, it was bumper to bumper. There was sooooo many people there. There were lit signs telling you where to go and where to turn depending on which Trail you were on. There were actual Trails to follow to see the lights on people's houses. But that wasn't all. There were markets opened, games like at an amusement park, stands that sold fries, donuts, popcorn, fairyfloss, coffee, you name it. Oh. And they even have their own radio station so you can listen to Christmas carrols while you drive around to see the houses.

It was incredible. I couldn't help but gasp at the idea of how much those people's energy bill must look like. I tried to take pictures, but they don't really look like what is was like. Some habitants of Lobethal were so into it, that they would dress up like Santa and wave at the cars going by and saying Merry Christmas to the people on foot. Like this guy on this picture.

The only thing was, there was no snow, and it was about 36 degrees. So all of it seemed pretty strange to me. But still, I was very impressed that the whole town was involved (it looked as though the city council gave a set of lights to all new home owners of the town; the houses who only had one set had all the same ones.) Anyway, they really seemed as though they were really proud of their tradition. I just couldn't believe how many people were there. There were tour buses going through just for that.
It was quite incredible.


Blogger vanou said...

wow, nice lights!
merry xmas mp, even with the 36 degrees
what d'ya get for xmas?

5:09 PM  
Blogger pappidou said...

those people really go all out!! really impressive...

hope you had a great xmas...we did not get snow here till the day after...and the temperature was about 8 celsius on xmas morning

2:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

salut ma belle cousine !!! joyeux noël, je t'aime très fort, et je suis contente de t'avoir parlé quelques minutes le 24 !!!! je t'embrasse très fort...
marie claude

6:12 PM  
Blogger johanne said...

joyeux noel and merry christmas to you and allen.
those christmas lights looks so strange after the ones in prague in the various castles and palaces...
strange indeed...probably the amount of co2 in the village gets higher too during this period and probably the economy of the town...

12:15 AM  

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