A Christmas Tradition!

Merry Christmas! God Jul! Mele Kalikimaka! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season surrounded by those you love!

I wanted to share a holiday tradition that is beginning to emerge on my dad’s side of the family. Right around Christmas, my parents travel to the Big City to see their favorite kids 😉 the Christmas lights and to go on a horse-drawn carriage ride around downtown.

Carriage Ride

This year was no exception. A couple of weekends ago, my husband and I met my parents at the Hilton downtown and then walked to Temple Square together to see the lights. Temple Square is right in the middle of downtown Salt Lake and is headquarters to the LDS religion. Throughout the holiday season this 35-acre section of downtown is lit up with more than a million lights. People travel from all over the world (I’m not exaggerating) to see the Temple and the beautiful Christmas lights. The area is filled with holiday cheer as people listen to live music from local musicians, enjoy hot chocolate, view the lights, and see the Nativity scene.


Before our evening carriage ride, my family and I walked around the temple grounds and were amazed at all of the sparkling lights. The snow was falling lightly and the cloud cover kept the temperatures bearable. It was the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. Here are a few photos from that night, I hope you enjoy!



Temple Lights



Have you ever been to Temple Square? What are your family Christmas traditions? Please share!

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  1. December 27, 2012 / 10:29 AM

    The lights at Temple Square are always beautiful beyond measure. It certainly is a “must see” for everyone. The one Christmas tradition that my husband and I started a few years ago, and we always look forward to it, is to attend the Box Elder Symphonic Choir Concert at the tabernacle here in Brigham City. The tabernacle is not that big so it fills up in a hurry and the late comers usually end-up standing in the back. Even they come out of the concert with smiles on their faces. There are so many simple things around this time of year that bring joy and happiness and fill you with love. Since it’s becoming difficult for us to travel long distances we are starting an additional tradition which is to drive around town and look at all the light decorations on Main Street and at homes while listening to Christmas songs from the CD in the car. This year our son-in-law, Mark Price, created a CD for us with the old favorite songs. This CD is becoming our favorite and I hope we don’t wear it out. It travels with us wherever we go.
    From our house to yours, “Merry Christmas” and Happy Holidays.
    I hope you all had a wonderful and memorable holiday while enjoying your own traditions. We are looking forward to creating some more.

    • December 28, 2012 / 9:40 AM

      That sounds like a wonderful Christmas tradition, grandma. I like the idea of staying local and enjoying the music and decorations. I have never been to the Box Elder Symphonic Choir. Maybe we will have to check it out next year? That was nice of Mark to make you a CD. 🙂 I hope to see you soon! Love you! Merry Christmas!

    • cody
      January 1, 2013 / 1:11 PM

      We will have to come and check out the tabernacle choir that sounds like fun and if there is good music you will surely see a smile on my face.

    • December 28, 2012 / 9:43 AM

      It was insane how many lights there are! They start putting the lights up every August and work diligently to cover every square inch of available space. 🙂

  2. December 28, 2012 / 10:47 AM

    Great shots and there is just something about Christmas lights… its really too bad we couldn’t figure out a way to make them last all year ’round. On Christmas eve we always go over to my mother-in-laws for some cheer and good times. My wife’s sister and brother also are there with their families. This year the kids (all grown up now) ranging in age from 16-22 decided they would wear those all in one pajamas. Christmas eve quickly became a pajama party…. I am thinking they have started a new tradition. Hope you had a good one….

    • December 29, 2012 / 2:43 PM

      Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! I like the idea of a pajama party on Christmas Eve. 🙂 I might have to start a tradition like that!!

  3. cody
    January 1, 2013 / 1:12 PM

    Wow I had no idea how many great photos you got that night. Great post!

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