14 December 2009

The More the Merrier...

We got our first snowfall! Snow is supposedly very rare in Vancouver, but when we walked out of church on Sunday morning the streets were spotted with snow, and it was drifting slowly down on us. It was really beautiful, and marks the first time Alex has ever seen snow!

We walked around our neighborhood taking pictures, and got a lot of funny looks for it. You would think since it doesn't snow too much more kids would be out playing in it... maybe it just wasn't enough.

Later that night, in an effort to make the most of the Christmas season and to partake in community activities, Alex and I decided to go to Bright Nights in Stanley Park. Stanley Park is absolutely beautiful, and people recommended that we go now to see it all decorated for Christmas. So we bundled up and rode the bus to the park. However, we didn't find the classy white lights we were hoping to see... instead we were bedazzled by an array of the tackiest Christmas decorations we have ever seen. I'm sorry, there's just no other way of saying it. But it was quite entertaining, and still has me laughing.

This was in the center of the park, and the first thing you saw when you walked in. OK it's not too bad, but just keep going.

This was on the inside of one of those gingerbread houses. Your eye just doesn't know where to rest, hey?

And this was another house. All those toys were just shoved in there.

It just became ridiculous when we saw South Park.

I will say though, that it seems that Alex and I were the only ones shocked by the display. Everyone else was talking about how cute the gingerbread houses were. Maybe we were just missing something. My guess is that most of the people had kids, and they of course loved it. 'Less is more' is never an option for a child.

It is also worth mentioning that there was a disco ball strapped to the top of the tent on our way out.


  1. "fail" might be an overstatement. i never knew canadians knew how to party like this. looks like you guys are doing well, and i'm glad for it. hope alex' semester finished strongly, tough stuff. if you all are back in daytona for christmas, let us know. the breslins are having a free-for-all drop-in on Dec 26. If you're around, you guys should come by. A hopeful Advent and a Merry Christmas to you both.

  2. that's exciting that alex saw snow for the first time! also, i don't know about you but blue lights do not say "christmas" to me. maybe because they were so prevalent in the claymation movie "the year without a santa claus"

  3. I laughed out loud when I saw these pictures. I'm so glad that you guys were able to get out and appreciate the Vancouver Christmas culture. :) If I could have picked anyone to tour the array of tacky Christmas lights, it would have been you two. Incredible. Love you guys!

  4. You have to love Christmas!! These will be memories that will follow you forever and ones that you will look back and say...where did those simpler times go?
    It was so great seeing you over the holidays!
    Love you.Patt