Last week I mentioned going to two Smoky Mountain foothills communities to enjoy the beautifully decorated buildings. It was a gorgeous day, as you can clearly see in this picture taken at The Apple Barn & Cider Mill in Pigeon Forge.
I shared some day shots of Gatlinburg on #WW The Village if you want to take a peak, but the main reason we went were to see the evening Christmas lights pageantry. The weather was mild and the crowd was light ~ prime conditions for casually walking around.
This is Gatlinburg looking toward the Smoky Mountains.
In The Village, we bought some candy at the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. A family tradition we’ve done over the years off and on. This was an on year. 😀
This is another shopping plaza across the street from The Village. I love the gas lanterns! It adds that old world charm, don’t you think?
There’s something magical about this place at Christmas. I love the sense of wonder that fills me; the best part is that feeling lingers on for hours and capturing the moments then lets me to relive that sense of wonder any time.
Do you have a favorite town to visit at Christmas? Is this something you do yearly?
- the joys of baking my first Christmas Stollen.
- my love for home-made confections like my Peppermint Cathys.
- making Santa’s Nice List (see image below). Check out to see, if you made the list, here & here.
Life should be celebrated, even when it seems like you have no reason to celebrate. Just look around, I bet you’ll see something good! What are you celebrating?
That’s a wrap for now. Next week, I’m taking all of next week off; I plan to return January 4th. Meanwhile, enjoy my scheduled posts, the warmth and beauty of this Christmas holiday, and I pray for God to bestow many blessings on you and yours in the coming new year.
~All images captured with my big girl camera ~ Nikon D7000 & preferred lens Nikkor 18-105mm zoom, unless otherwise noted.~