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Christmas Time in the City


/// a little holiday excursion ///

When we spend the Thanksgiving weekend in northern utah, we absolutely love it. We get to spend time with the Pearson side of the family and it is always so fun to spend time with those that we love and miss! These last few years we've started the tradition of going to see the temple lights the day after Thanksgiving, and it is probably one of my favorite nights of the whole year. We drive into the city and ride TRAX up to temple square, and basically the whole night my eyes are filled with tears [I definitely let the waterworks happen a little too often]. Although we are there with basically every other person in the salt lake valley, there is no better way than to welcome the Christmas season! We love to see the candy window displays at the old ZCMI building, listen to the carolers, and just take in the beauty of all the lights. As we walked around the city, I couldn't help but sing these words to myself:

City sidewalks busy sidewalks 
dressed in holiday style
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing, people passing, 
meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you'll hear
Silver bells silver bells, 
It's Christmas time in the city
ring- a- ling hear them ring, 
soon it will be Christmas day.

Probably the sweetest moment of the night was watching my mom and little Caleb sit and just look at the temple for about 15 minutes straight. I think those two are definitely made of the same stuff, because they sat and talked and were lost to the world for those few minutes. Caleb also wanted to see the Christus at the visitors center, so we waited in line for half an hour just so that he could get the full experience. It was so so worth it. Taking a few minutes to remind ourselves that Christ was the reason for our happiness was just what I needed. As much as I love the lights, the glimmer, the crazy midnight shopping trips, and the pretty decorations, the thing I love most about christmas is the constant reminder of our Savior. He truly is the greatest gift we could ever receive, and through him I have been blessed with so much happiness. I am so grateful for Him, my family, and the many other blessings in my life. 

As December gets started, I feel so full of joy and Christmas cheer. Spending time at temple square always gets our holiday season started on a good note, and I can't wait to see what other good things December brings!
Love P

1 comment

Julia Paige said...

oh, these photos are just bursting with christmas spirit and i LOVE IT. temple square is sooooo pretty this time of year! i wish i lived nearby!! hope you're enjoying your holidays so far, beautiful girl! xx