last weekend we also celebrated the annual lighting up of downtown. it’s kind of a big deal. everyone gathers on broadway to sip hot chocolate, listen to christmas carols, see the lights, and watch the parade. this year we had some friends over for some pre-party snacks then we hopped over across the street to watch the parade from our neighbor’s rooftop deck. it was kind of the perfect spot. we had heaters outside to warm ourselves with, wine to fortify us, and even quick access to the indoors for when the outdoor heaters and wine just weren’t doing enough to keep my frail bones toasty. it was a super fun night. i love the little traditions in this quaint small town i live in. and christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.