Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Overly's Country Christmas

Our Advent activities haven't been going great this year. Some mornings we haven't even opened the little drawer to reveal a nightly Christmas happening. When we do, we've frequently referred to it as "the thing we're definitely NOT going to do tonight." Our gingerbread house is still completely packaged in its Wilton box. We haven't baked anything. We've been picking and choosing what to do so much the spirit of the exercise is all but lost.

We're older than we were last year is the only excuse I can make for us.

Through all the hustle and bustle and broken Advent promises, it was important to make a trip to Overly's Country Christmas at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds. We were so impressed with our experience last year. Overly's captures the season better than anywhere (outside our own living room). With a light covering of snow on the ground and a free weeknight on the calendar, we set off.

Arriving at 5:15pm on a Thursday evening, the short wait for the gate to open gave us an opportunity to play Christmas Head's Up. It was one of those Advent activities we'd blown off earlier in the month. After paying at the admission booth ($15), we drove through the light display. The Peanut gang above was one of my favorite groupings.

The light show drive ends in a paved parking lot on night's when it's not too busy. We bundled up against the frigid temperatures and transported ourselves to the Christmas Wonderland. There's an indoor mini-train display, Sweet Shop, restaurant, and gift shop. We headed to the sleigh ride ticket booth first thing and secured passage on a trip that would leave around 6:15pm. 

Julia and Tim put a dent in their holiday shopping at the General Store. (I don't know what they were buying. I was told to hide in a corner.) The horses arrived just as we walked out. We cuddled into one bench seat and enjoying being the first passengers on the two-horse open sleigh. 

After a visit to the talking Christmas tree, Nativity, and a cup of hot chocolate by the bonfire, we were ready to head home.

"See?" Tim said on the way home. "We're doing stuff."

Advent is different this year, but we're doing stuff. That's what Christmas is all about!