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Old 11-20-2018, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon (in Transition)
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Understandable. Hopefully they're ready early this year. It's been soooo cold.
12 by my house (near the Lake) this morning. I have heard -3 over the hill
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:38 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I was in Austin a few years ago and watched their Blue Santa Parade. It's a huge parade that draws a big crowd. People bring toys and gifts to give to Santa as he goes by for families who can't afford Christmas. I was impressed with the haul he was taking in. Maybe other places do that but I've not seen it before.
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Old 11-21-2018, 06:01 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I was in Austin a few years ago and watched their Blue Santa Parade. It's a huge parade that draws a big crowd. People bring toys and gifts to give to Santa as he goes by for families who can't afford Christmas. I was impressed with the haul he was taking in. Maybe other places do that but I've not seen it before.
I think most cities have some sort of event to gather gifts like this (Atlanta has the Great Toy Drop, which culminates in a large party downtown), but a parade is a great idea for such a cause!
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Old 11-21-2018, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Fountain Square, Indianapolis
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Here in Indianapolis, we have the Circle of Lights, where they decorate the Soldiers and Sailors monument to resemble a tree and have a modest fireworks display.

They also the decorate the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and you can drive around it. I've never done that, but it's definitely incorporating local/regional culture.
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Old 11-22-2018, 04:07 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Pittsburgh has several fun events during the Christmas season. It all starts the Friday before Thanksgiving with Light-Up Night, which is when all the interior lights of all the buildings in downtown Pittsburgh are turned on to make the city "sparkle," and features assorted events throughout downtown for families and adults, including multiple concert stages, food vendors and ceremonial Christmas tree lightings. The night ends with a fireworks show.

Another interesting item is the Miniature Railroad Village at the Carnegie Science Center, which is one of the largest miniature railroad displays in North America (if not the largest), and features more than 100 animated scale models of various neighborhoods and landmarks throughout Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania.

PPG Place has two major features. Inside is the Wintergarden, which features an assortment of locally-made gingerbread houses and statues of Santa Claus from around the world. Outside is the PPG Plaza Ice Rink, which is almost twice as large as the ice rink at Rockefeller Center in New York, and has a giant Christmas tree in the middle of it. Being surrounded on all four sides by the glass facade of PPG Place gives the entire plaza an icy, crystalline look at night.

At the U.S. Steel Plaza is a very large, 64-foot-wide Nativity scene that's not only a replica of the Nativity scene at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, but also the only replica in the world that's authorized by the Vatican. There's also a Christmas Market at Market Square, inspired by the Christkindlmärkte in Germany, where people can buy assorted arts, crafts and gifts.

Away from downtown Pittsburgh is the Phipps Winter Flower Show & Light Garden at Phipps Conservatory, which is a walk-though display of Christmas lights and plant life that thrives in the winter.

It's de rigueur to ***** about the weather in Pittsburgh during the late fall and winter, but with all these events and activities going on from mid-November through early January, there's no reason to ***** until mid-January at the soonest, and by that point you're halfway through the period of the most inclement weather. You can find more information about Christmastime activities in downtown Pittsburgh by clicking here: --->
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Old 11-22-2018, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Well, every few years my husband and I go down to the Hill Country around Austin, TX a week or so before Christmas. We stay in a B and B. This year we're staying in a cabin at a winery. We will drive out to Luckenbach, and sit under the oak trees around a fire pit with people from every corner of the globe, and listen to the evening jam sessions there, with Christmas lights flickering. Another evening we will walk around Fredericksburg and take in the lights, probably with a mug full of gluwein. I'm sure the winery will be doing things up right too, and we will spend one evening in Austin downtown, which is always lit up. I don't think we will go down to the Riverwalk in San Antonio this year but it's always gorgeous at Christmas time and not nearly as crowded as it is during the summer, which is also nice.
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Old 11-23-2018, 09:45 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Tonight the Denver City-County Building will turn on its lights.
https://www.google.com/search?q=city...w=1920&bih=944

The zoo has "Zoo Lights".
https://www.thedenverchannel.com/lif...e-for-purchase

"Blossoms of Light" at the Denver Botanic Gardens York St.
https://gazette.com/arts-entertainme...dc0366514.html

Santa's Village at DBG Chatfield Farms
https://www.milehighonthecheap.com/s...atfield-farms/
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Old 11-23-2018, 10:09 AM
 
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Hey, get this - some people do BOTH - donate money as well as buy presents for people they love. How cool is that?
My idea is that you can donate more if you skip the presents entirely...whatever the combined budget, donate that.

But keep the togetherness stuff. Christmas is about being with family and friends, with a positive attitude.

As for traditions, a lot of buildings have theme lighting these days. And tower cranes.
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Old 11-23-2018, 01:47 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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My idea is that you can donate more if you skip the presents entirely...whatever the combined budget, donate that.

But keep the togetherness stuff. Christmas is about being with family and friends, with a positive attitude.

As for traditions, a lot of buildings have theme lighting these days. And tower cranes.
That would be do-able, but I'm not poor (not rich either) and I can afford to do both. I have for years. It's nice to do something for your loved ones as well, make them happy.
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Old 11-23-2018, 02:01 PM
 
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Your way sounds good too, but I'm probably not explaining my way well.

What you can afford isn't relevant to the concept. Whether the combined total is $10 or $10,000, I'm saying an alternative is to donate ALL of it. For example if you donate $1,000 and buy $1,000 of presents, the alternative would be donating $2,000.

In my family it works that way for grownups, not kids. Kids still got presents. For grownups, a side benefit is that you don't have to deal with things you don't want/need, which could be half of what you get. And personally I don't like the feeling of making people pretend to like things if I guessed wrong. It's also a good way to waste less.
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