My hubby and I have finally found a way to give each other a Christmas gift that we both enjoy. We plan a trip together and share the expenses.
This year we had a coupon for great prices on a nice hotel in downtown
---and a splendid view from the sixth floor.
Meals were yummy and we did some window shopping at the fancy stores and some serious shopping at a huge outlet mall.
In the evening we walked across the street to
Square to see the Christmas lights.
The place was busy with people like us, there to
wander around and stand open-mouthed staring at the beauty of the displays.
Workers start setting up for the lighting in August.
They string strands of LED lights on just about everything.
Christmas lights on Temple Square--our hotel in the background
Young trees, already strung with lights, are “planted” in the landscaping. The trees have been harvested from State Educational Trust Fund lands. Using these trees has multiple benefits, for
Temple Square and
for the state.
For the state, the money used to purchase the trees benefits the state educational system, and thinning state-owned stands of timber allows the remaining trees to grow strong and healthy. For
using stand-in trees for the lights display protects the living trees.
Families and Church groups spend an evening draping nets of lights over shrubs,
while service missionaries hang garlands that function as cordons along the sidewalks.
When the lights are switched on the evening after Thanksgiving
the sight is just awesome in every way.
The large temple is the centerpiece of the site.
Note: in spite of reports to the contrary: faithful members of the
(not to be confused with various and random splinter groups) are law-abiding
Christians. L.D.S. Church