15 December 2013

In Which We Do Something Christmas-y

A week or so ago, I wrote a post on my other blog about how, now that The Tim works a varied, busy schedule during the holiday period, we don't do very many Christmas-y things together anymore.  It took some adjustment on my part to get used to, but now it's just the way things are.

Well, this past Friday, we had a chance to do something together, and it was one of the best Christmastime days EVER.  I was lucky enough to receive two complimentary tickets to Longwood Gardens, which is about 40 minutes from our house in Center City Philadelphia.  As long as we've lived here, we've never visited before, even though I don't know anyone who has gone who has not raved about it.  Every year, they have a well-known Christmas display, and fortunately the comp tickets included admission for this time period.

So, since The Tim had the day off, I took the day off, and we took ourselves out to breakfast, then headed to our destination.  There was snow, but it had been around long enough that the roads were clear.  It was cold, but sunny.  We walked, oohed and aahed, took pictures, had coffee and tea, joined in a Christmas carols sing-a-long with the amazing Aeolian organ in the ballroom there, and even saw one of the Longwood Gardens resident cats!

My descriptions would not do any justice to the whole thing, so here is a selection of pictures from the day.  Enjoy - and if you ever have the chance to go, do it!























10 comments:

Dee said...

I went there many years ago for their Festival of Trees. It was in the conservatory.

I STILL can NOT wrap my head around the fact that the house was someone's actual HOME! Can you imagine living in such grandeur?

Glad you had a chance to enjoy a tour.

Nancy said...

Fabulous photos - I'm glad you were able to get away and enjoy some Christmas magic.

Michelle B. said...

Looks so nice. I've always wanted to go there.

Mereknits said...

It looks like an amazing place to visit. Hugs,
Meredith

kathy b said...

What a fun thing to do. So glad you got in the Christmas Spirit!!! Im loving it all this year...

Lorraine said...

Bridget- It's beautiful. It amazes me that we have these wonderful places in our own cities, and we never see them.

Glad you guys had a nice day together.

Angelia said...

Longwood Gardens IS beautiful. I've been there a few times. It takes me about the same time (from Lancaster) to get there as it takes you. :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh Bridget! This is such a favorite that when Hal & Emily visit from Chicagoland for Thanksgiving, they've kept up their membership just to visit and see the Christmas display.
When we first when for the Xmas decorations it was a foggy night and the lit trees off in the distance inspired us to light one shrub in our garden - all year round. Neat!

Anonymous said...

My husband's aunt lived in Kennett Square and worked at Longwood Gardens! But we never went. :( When we visited her we would visit places like Philadelphia!! Haha!
Jackie

elns said...

Wow! So pretty! I'm glad you were able to enjoy it together :)