Wednesday, December 20, 2017


  For the last few years thousands have flocked to Cambria's Christmas Market, a venture of a local hotel and garden center.
   Cambrians are of two minds, at least, about the display and the traffic and commotion. It is said two million lights are used. Count them if you'd like.

     The little ones and more than a few adults seem mesmerized by the displays. 

    I like the Surfin' Santa, complete with Hawaiian motif in the jacket. 
   Something for all, including a tribute to Aliens, here for the holidays. 

   A variation on a roasted artichoke. 
  This vendor was selling high flying spin activated and lit helicopters that continued to arc high above the millions of lights below.  

   The scene below is set off to the side, canted in such a way as to require a special effort to see it and read the warning sign.
     Krampus is the anti Santa Claus. Half goat-half demon, his thing is to punish or carry off bad children. The origin is unclear but it is a figure of the season in some northern and eastern European nations. Glad we skipped that in our childhood.
    This Christmas 2017 this creature could find plenty to carry off at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C. and at the opposite end on Capitol Hill.  
     On further reflection, I think the beast has already been there, and probably had a large had in the writing of the new tax fraud bill.

      See you down the trail.



  1. I like the fire pit. The rest looks to me more like the Strip in Las Vegas rather than Christmas. Guess I'm in the Grumpy Old Man group.

  2. Nice, I thought we were over the top, I only have to plug and then unplug 27 different light displays...

  3. I like it, reminds me of past holidays in a smaller scale. I do rather agree with the crumpy bugger above, but I can move beyond that.
    You do so much good with your blog, Tom. You give a scale and a measure that your experience and intellect allow, and we are the better for it.

    How many children over the world, all of them that in theory 'celebrate' christmas, get to see something like this?

    I've gotten to the point where I can't celebrate small treasures like this, and it's time I moved on or did something else. I just can't stop thinking of the kids of Venezuela, Syria, Western and Middle Africa, and wonder what their christmas is like.
    Sorry if this is cold water, or carping.
    Happy Holidays,

  4. I won't be counting them, but two million lights seem about right. I hope you and your family are enjoying the season. Merry Christmas.