Getting Into the Holiday Spirit

Last Wednesday Kathy and I decided to take a 40 minute ride up to Knoebels Grove to view their Joy Through the Grove Christmas light display. It was a drive through, stay in your car, enjoy the light displays venture.

You can see the line of cars in front of us and the line behind us was long as well. We expected this so it didn’t bother us. We had the car radio tuned into the Knoebels radio station and they were playing continuous Christmas songs.

As I said, this is a 40 minute ride from our house. Once we got to the entrance to the park (the above picture) it took us 2 hours, I am not exaggerating, to just get to the admissions gate. The wait was well worth it. Here are just a few of the displays we saw.

As a teaser there were these two to be seen while we were still winding our way around to the admissions.

This is the first display we saw when we finally got into the park itself.

Continuing on our was here are some o of the things we saw. Enjoy.

At one point we had to cross a bridge. What fun going through this.

More displays.

Somehow, I think Rudolph and the reindeer are a better bet than a helicopter.

We really enjoyed our trip to Knoebels. This just might become a yearly tradition.

On a totally unrelated note, continuing the Christmas spirit I decided to bake some ricotta cheese cookies today. There should be enough here to get us through the holiday season.

Wishing you all joy and peace this holiday season.


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10 responses to “Getting Into the Holiday Spirit

  1. Joy and peace! In Indianapolis, we have a “tree” in the center of the city… lights strung from the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument on the circle that are lit the Friday after Thanksgiving… I usually see it every weekday on my way to school. I’ve missed it this year! On our local news this week, we have the “Battle of the Bulbs” featuring family displays all around the city. The lights of Christmas are always special.

  2. We are all discovering new ways to get into the holiday spirit this year. It’s fun to think some will become new traditions.

  3. britt

    I’ve never heard of ricotta cheese cookies, but I am dying to try some now!!!

    The lights display adventure looks so fun – I just researched if there are any in my area, and yes. I’m tempted! 🙂

    • They are really delicious (my opinion) especially when iced and with sprinkles on top.
      I would say to go for the light show. I am sure you would not be disappointed.

  4. jumpofffindwings

    Thanks for doing the waiting for us! The bridge is amazing, and I love the stark beauty of the first display. On a final note, I hope those cookies freeze well. Have a wonderful holiday, you and Kathy. (Maybe your neighbors have some New Years magic up their sleeves.)

  5. With our neighbors you never know. Thank you for the holiday wishes. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday as well.

  6. Bob, that was a delightful ride through the light show. I am glad that you and Kathy had the stamina to wait for all that time. I shared your photos with my husband. I never saw a bridge that was lit so beautifully so thank you for that shot. I printed your recipe and my husband bought the ricotta so I am ready to make those cookies. I can’t wait. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and enjoy a blessed time together.

    • Carol, we are glad that we waited. I am also glad that I had a full tank of gas. As with most photos of lights they don’t really do justice to the actual display. I hope you enjoy the cookies. I made the full batch and got about 5 and a half dozen cookies. I doubled the icing recipe and still ended up making just a bit more. I probably over iced them. That’s fine with me. Merry Christmas to you and your husband and family.

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