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12 Days of Christmas: The Lights of the Ozarks

Can you believe that today is Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas posts? Or that tomorrow is Christmas Eve? Home stretch, people.

day11 Every fall in Fayetteville, city workers spend almost two months hanging half a million Christmas lights on the Downtown Square for the month-long festival known as The Lights of the Ozarks. One of my favorite parts of working on the Square is seeing the Square lit in Christmas lights as I leave the office each evening in December.

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In addition to the lights, there are horse-drawn carriage rides, live choirs, camel rides, pony rides, hot chocolate and Santa and his reindeer.

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Jacob and I always make it a point to come a few times while the lights are up and this year we came on birthday with my sister and her fiancé before going to dinner to celebrate. Yes, fiancé! My sister and Ty got engaged the day before my birthday so we had two reasons for a special night out.

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Dorks. Happily married, but dorks.

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She’s going to kill me for posting this one.

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And here’s a little video I made for work that gives you a better idea of how breathtaking the lights really are.

 

To put on my tourism hat for a moment (although I genuinely do love the lights), if you ever find yourself in Fayetteville, Arkansas, from late November to New Year’s Eve I definitely recommend stopping by the Downtown Square to see the Lights of the Ozarks.

One day to go!

Catching up? This is Day 11 of  of 12 Days of Christmas posts.
Day 1: Silver Dollar City
Day 2: Annual Christmas Movie Countdown
Day 3: The 5 Best Christmas Albums You’re Not Listening To
Day 4: Traditions
Day 5: Pinterest Projects
Day 6: Treats to Bake & Give
Day 7: O Christmas Tree
Day 8: How Lovely Are Thy Branches
Day 9: And The Stockings Were Hung
Day 10: Outdoor Cheer

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12 Days of Christmas: Outdoor Cheer

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Aunt Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark?
Clark: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.

This year we had grand intentions of decorating the outside of the house a la Clark Griswold. Okay, maybe not quite that many lights.

I bought giant wreaths to hang on the windows, LED colored bulbs to hang on the house and mesh and ornaments to hang on the front doorway.

But then life happened.

Jacob and I both got sick. My grandfather passed away and I flew to Michigan. All of a sudden it was the week before Christmas and we had storms. What are you gonna do?

At least I did hang my wreath on the door and a wreath on the light outside the garage.

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I also put out a lighted tree that I bought at Target on clearance after Christmas last year.

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We may not have the most decorated house in the neighborhood, but we certainly have one of the cheeriest.

Catching up? This is Day 10 of  of 12 Days of Christmas posts.
Day 1: Silver Dollar City
Day 2: Annual Christmas Movie Countdown
Day 3: The 5 Best Christmas Albums You’re Not Listening To
Day 4: Traditions
Day 5: Pinterest Projects
Day 6: Treats to Bake & Give
Day 7: O Christmas Tree
Day 8: How Lovely Are Thy Branches
Day 9: And The Stockings Were Hung

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