Christmas in the Park

Merry Christmas, everyone! By “everyone,” I’m not sure who I mean, because the only people I know who read this are part of my immediate family, who I’ve said “Merry Christmas” to already. 🙂 But, in case there’s a visitor out there: Hi! I hope you’re enjoying this lovely holiday season as much as I am.

To celebrate, I thought I’d share some photos I took at San Jose’s Christmas in the Park event a few days ago. I probably should have used flash in some of these photos, but truthfully I hate the way flash flattens subjects in low lit environments. As a consequence, some of these photos are a bit blurry and noisy. Ah, well. 🙂

The lights on the trees here blinked in a pattern reminiscent of falling snow. Very clever.

Christmas in the Park is very dear to me. Its displays are beyond cheesy, it’s an absolute nightmare to find parking, and the mere thought of its crowds instantly triggers my claustrophobia.

My beverage of choice.

Why the love for the event, then? Well, I guess I just love pretty lights and hot chocolate…

…And bacon-covered hot dogs, too. 🙂

Santa uttered, “Santa’s gotta go; Santa’s late…” as he passed us after taking this photo. TIL Santa refers to himself in third person.

While I enjoy coming here every year just to wander aimlessly, this time we had a mission in mind. We intended to have Ronan take a picture with Santa. Admittedly, taking a photo with Santa was going to be purely for my own enjoyment, as an 18-month-old has no concept of Christmas, much less old Saint Nick.

There are too many people. Not just in this park. Just too many people. Period.

The line was ridiculous, though, so we didn’t get our photo. Maybe next year.

This Christmas tree is a lot bigger than it appears in this photo.

Speaking of lines and crowds, the place was so overrun with patrons that while groups of people were trying to coordinate family photos (our family included), a guy loudly complained about people “blocking the !@#$#@ walkway.”

Nothing like the Christmas spirit to get people feelin’ salty, apparently!

I didn’t let that put a damper on my mood, though. I won’t let myself turn into a Scrooge.

A rare picture of yours truly.

Seriously though: how can you even be mad at a place like this?!

Personally, I can’t be mad. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays because it reminds me that a year is coming to an end. It reminds me of all that I’ve been blessed with for the past twelve months. Everyone in my family is alive and well. I’ve experienced another year of good health. I’m alive. I’m here. 

That’s something worth feeling thankful for.

On that note, it’s almost time to close the chapter on 2015.

I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings. So many adventures to be had with my family, and I can’t wait to share them with you. 🙂

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!




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