Don't get me wrong, our little town is pretty festive, with fancy colored lights in different shapes atop every single telephone pole and a beautifully lit central park. But long gone are the days of a community out and about on the sidewalks, sipping hot cocoa, and just enjoying the advent season.
There was hot cocoa, hot apple cider, a bonfire with marshmallows for roasting, horse drawn sleigh rides (complete with red lap blankets for the passengers - Gage and I appreciated this and snuggled up together). There was a sweet shop selling handmade fudge and chocolates, a train ride for the kids, and the most spectacular light display, including a very life like manger scene complete with real sheep, lambs, a goat, and a donkey.
It was magic. Every single second of it.