Okay, so yesterday I was a bit of a Debbie Downer, it being Christmas Eve, but both our kids have the flu. They were upstairs in their rooms, feeling miserable, and we decided to pretend that today is Christmas Eve and we’ll have presents under the tree tomorrow. So that’s my excuse.
The kids are still upstairs today, but both feeling slightly better, so I have high hopes for tomorrow. But for everyone else, Merry Christmas today. Or not, if you don’t celebrate it.
Either way, I thought I’d share some pictures from the Trail of Lights in Austin’s Zilker Park. The past two years they didn’t do it, because the city had to tighten its belt. We really missed it. But this year some big companies–Dell among others–sponsored it, and it was back even better than before.
Jimmy Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock were somewhere, singing carols and trying to get everyone to break the record of the largest number of people singing carols at once. We heard them on the loudspeakers, but we never saw the stage. It was cool, though.
The Trail of Lights is free, and it’s just wonderful to be in a huge crowd, enjoying the lights and the relatively cool weather and the atmosphere. We went four days ago. I didn’t bring a tripod, so the pictures aren’t perfectly sharp, but they still convey the weird and wonderful and sometimes just plain freaky mishmash of displays.