since we are home for the christmas season, we decided to hit up a couple of local holiday events…
the first, the tanglewood festival of lights, i have actually been to, and sworn off forever. but, i had high hopes that since we were going early in the week, and early in the evening, and early in the christmas season, that it would be a madhouse of cars. i was right and we were in and out without much mayhem.
it’s obviously hard to take pictures of lights in the dark with an iphone in a moving car, so it don’t have much. this rainbow tunnel was one of our faves, even if we got in trouble for stopping to take a pic with no cars in front of or behind us.
anyhoooo. we were in and out in a little over an hour (not stopping at the bonfire/s’mores/hot cocoa/gift shop area). one year we went and moved 1/4 mile in an hour in the line outside the gate just to get in. so. i’m considering this like the superbowl victory of the festival of lights.
anyhoooo. the next morning, we went on our second ws/nc field trip. during the christmas season, in old salem, you can attend the moravian candle tea. i’m not sure why it’s called a tea, because there is no tea. but, it’s pretty much a mini tour, where you learn a little bit about moravian christmas traditions. i’ve never actually been to it, but i think both older kids went in preschool. we signed up for one of the homeschool times in the morning, to avoid fighting the hordes of people in the evenings (another thing we attempted at one point and failed at).
downstairs, in what would have been the food storage area of the building, because it’s in a basement and way cooler, we checked out the “putz”. basically, it’s a little christmas village replica of old salem, made by the folks who live and volunteer there.
on our way out, we received a souvenir candle. i made the kids take some pics, while we waited for our friends to finish up on the next tour. (our campground pals, the howards, made a valiant attempt to meet us, but with nine kids and a long drive to an unfamiliar location, it just didn’t quite work out).
and that wraps up the tales of our christmas themed adventures in winston-salem. pretty exciting, right?