Sunday, January 2, 2011

Rating the Christmas Festivities

Trees of Diversity Exhibit at the Cultural Celebration Center
Rating: 3 Christmas Ornaments

My kids enjoyed seeing Christmas trees, gingerbread houses and nativities decorated in the styles of other places.  My daughter's favorite tree was the Hawaiian tree, decorated with big flowers, but my three-year-old refused to be photographed in front of that tree.  This photo is of his favorite, the Chinese tree.

Dickens Festival
Rating: 1 Christmas Ornament

I have fond memories of attending this festival as a child, but it was my least favorite event this year.  We first attended a mini-version of the musical, A Christmas Carol, at a stage with a completely inadequate number of chairs.  Like the majority of the audience, we had to watch standing up, or rather, listen, since we couldn't see much of anything.  Then we tried to take the kids to see Father Christmas, who left for a 3-hour break as soon as we arrived at his quarters.  Finally, we tried to catch a band, and even landed ourselves seats, but long after the act should have begun, I found a staff person who admitted that the band had canceled. 

Meeting Santa
My oldest was enchanted, my middle child didn't particularly like him, and my youngest didn't care.
Taking the Train
My five-year-old shot this picture of my husband and I en route to see the Christmas lights at Temple Square.
Temple Square
Rating: 3 Christmas Ornaments
The lights, nativities and displays at Temple Square are always beautiful and overall, this was a great evening. I did deduct one ornament though because the crowds were claustrophobia-inducing in spite of the fact that we toured well before Christmas. Also, the high school choir performing that night was not very talented.
Arena Sing-Along
Rating: 4 Christmas Ornaments

This was one of my favorite Christmas activities this year.  I got to enjoy an excellent orchestra with no worries about quieting my wiggly little  children. My eldest sang along with gusto whenever the song was familiar.  At first, I thought my three-year-old was bored and tired because he spent most of the time lying down in his dad's lap. But when I suggested we leave early, he was vehemently opposed.  I looked more closely after that and noticed a little smile on his face.  He was just relaxing and enjoying the sing-along lullaby-style.  I don't know why the sponsors felt the need to bribe people to attend this incredible free event, but just for showing up, we all came home with a number of free gifts such as tickets to upcoming basketball and baseball games.
Thanksgiving Point
Rating: 3 Christmas Ornaments
Reindeer at Thanksgiving Point
I brought the kids here one night to meet the reindeer and then on Christmas Eve, we went here again with my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews to see the drive-through Christmas lights.  It is a much warmer, if less spiritual, way to see a fantastic Christmas light display comparable to Temple Square.

Christmas Cookies
and fudge and other goodies.  Yum!  My three-year-old found one design he liked--a dab of frosting in the middle with three red candies in it--and stuck with it, decorating every cookie exactly the same way.  

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