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25 December 2014 / leggypeggy

Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays

Canberra Christmas light display

A small part of Canberra’s world record breaking LED light display in support of SIDS and Kids

Whatever your religion or non-religion, it’s Christmas or Christmas Eve the world over and I want to wish everyone the happiest of holiday seasons.

Christmas is an important holiday in Australia, along with many other holidays that represent diverse religions or no religion at all.

Unlike most of the heavily populated parts of the world, Christmas hits Australia during summer. The weather is warm and kids are out of school for six or seven weeks. We’re more likely to be wearing shorts or bathers (swimsuits), and equally likely to be munching on prawns (shrimp) rather than turkey or ham and traditional sides.

This year I spent the first three weeks of December in the USA. Poor John was thrilled to be able to stay home. Airfares cost a bomb, so he was able to read a bazillion books, watch his beloved cricket matches and walk the not-quite-so-beloved-by-him dog. I, of course, adore the dog.

Meanwhile, I worked my way (by road) north from Dallas, with stops in Tulsa, Kansas City, Omaha, central Nebraska, Branson Missouri and St Louis.

I saw Christmas decorations everywhere and thought I’d share a few of the best. Although the photos never quite capture the full impact of the displays.

First off was Canberra (the night before I flew to the USA) with the largest LED light display ever shown in the world. Poor John insisted that I go and I was glad he did.

The Richards family has organised this light show for many years, and this year it morphed into an even larger event—garnering a new Guinness world record and lots of international attention. Almost everyone I met in the USA had seen it reported on television. The display, which supports SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), closes on New Year’s Eve.

Rhema Christmas light display

Rhema Christmas light display

Rhema light display

My next Christmas light overload occurred in Tulsa Oklahoma. My sister, Susan, is a long-time resident in Tulsa and she was keen to show me the display on the grounds of the Rhema Bible Church.

This show started in 1982 and since then the number of lights has grown from 60,000 to more than two million. Admission is free. We went early and got a decent parking place. And we couldn’t leave until Susan ordered a swag of funnel cakes.

This doughy and sugary sweet wasn’t around when I left the USA, and I failed to get a pic. No worries. If you are interested, google it.

A couple of days later, my last light show was at Silver Dollar City near Branson. To be fair, I should give that venue its own post, so stay tuned for more photos. Decorations festooned trees and buildings, and a range of performances and a parade captivated young and old.

For now I’ll wish everyone very happy holidays and go help make our seafood dinner.

Silver Dollar City's Christmas tree

Silver Dollar City’s main Christmas tree

 

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  1. lin gilkes / Dec 25 2014 5:56 pm

    And a very merry Christmas to you, John, the girls,,Graham and family. Much love, Lin and Norman xxx

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 25 2014 6:49 pm

      Thanks Norman and Lin! Hope you’re having an amazing Christmas too. We head back to India at the end of January—for two months. Then a couple of weeks in Bhutan from 2 April. Interested? I can send details.

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  2. suchled / Dec 25 2014 6:12 pm

    It really looks quite spectacular. And I hope you find somewhere else to go next.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 25 2014 6:51 pm

      It was very spectacular even if you don’t observe Christmas.
      Oh, and there’s always somewhere to go next. Heading to India and Bhutan on 24 January. Not home until the middle of April.

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  3. lmo58 / Dec 25 2014 7:24 pm

    Thanks Peggy. It’s great to see other people’s and cities’ Christmas lights. I hope that you, John, Libby, Daniel and Petra all had a great day today with good weather.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 25 2014 8:09 pm

      We’ve had a great day and a little rain, which is fine by me.

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  4. mommycookforme / Dec 25 2014 8:55 pm

    Happy Christmas to you! 😄

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 25 2014 9:23 pm

      Thanks so much and the same to you and your family.,

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  5. gpcox / Dec 25 2014 9:32 pm

    Peggy, may you and yours have the Holiday Season of your dreams!! Here’s to 2015 – 🍸

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 26 2014 6:12 am

      Thanks so much. It’s been a pleasure to follow your blog this year. Looking forward to your posts in 2015. Happy holidays.

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  6. weggieboy / Dec 26 2014 12:08 am

    I’ve enjoyed this and your cooking blog very much this past year, and look forward to all your new adventures, now matter how they manifest themselves! Merry Christmas to you all!

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 26 2014 6:14 am

      Thanks weggieboy! We’re off to India and Bhutan at the end of January. I’ve never had Bhutanese food. Look forward to hearing about Dougy’s and Andy’s adventures in 2015. And yours tool 🙂

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  7. pagedogs / Dec 26 2014 12:47 am

    Happy travels in the new year!

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  8. Midwestern Plant Girl / Dec 26 2014 1:11 am

    Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Thank you for taking me across the world with you. 😉 Have a great 2015 & safe travels!
    Great led’s! Whew 😎

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 26 2014 6:15 am

      You are most welcome. You’ve been great company. Love your plant blog. Enjoy 2015!

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  9. Mike / Dec 26 2014 4:33 am

    Happy holidays to you and your family, Peggy. Great you were able to stop in outer-Nebraska recently!! Safe travels.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 26 2014 6:16 am

      Catching up with friends and family was the best part of this trip. Lots to cherish. Thanks for taking the time to get to Kearney.

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  10. Jane / Dec 26 2014 9:05 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your family also, Peggy! 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 26 2014 9:14 am

      Thanks Jane, and the same to you and yours. 🙂

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  11. Sy S. / Dec 26 2014 4:13 pm

    Hello Peggy,

    Thanks for the phone call when you were in the states last week…. great to talk to you, since we have only communicated with messages on website boards or e-mails. So you didn’t see a “touch” of snow when you visited the states…. very surprising. I can send you a glass bottle of a few compact snow balls if you want. LOL But then again it made your car travels easier and safer. Here in NYC the day before Christmas was just rainy and fog and today Christmas Day some sun and mild temperatures… no snow to make Santa’s sled easier to pull, with all the presents… and Rudolph is getting older as well.

    There is a home north of NYC that also has a huge Christmas Light Display as well…. and competes with the Canberra display… for a title in the Guinness Book of Records each year.

    Wishing you, Poor John and family a Healthy and Happy New Year 2015!

    Sy S.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 26 2014 10:20 pm

      Oh Sy, it was my pleasure to give you a call when I was in the USA. Glad you shared your phone number.

      As for the weather, I didn’t see any sun or snow (except for a bit already on the ground) in the USA. Unfortunately, it’s been quite grey in Canberra since I got home. So I’m waiting for the sun.

      And thanks for your good wishes for 2015. Sending the same to you and yours.

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  12. wineandhistory / Dec 27 2014 4:33 am

    Merry Christmas Peggy! I hope you had a wonderful trip to the US!

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  13. Gary Walker / Dec 28 2014 10:44 am

    Glad you had a lovely time in the US. I hope you don’t judge American wine by the swill I served you out of the box! I hope someone served you something decent out of a bottle. 🙂

    I’m interested in your trip to Branson. What shows did you see?

    For those of you who don’t know… Branson Missouri is a cross between Las Vegas and Nashville. It’s a Hillbilly haven for fans of Country Music and live performances.

    Looking forward to living vicariously thru You and Poor John’s travels in 2015. ❤

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 28 2014 8:41 pm

      Oh Potsie, you are so funny. Your boxed wine was just fine. And did you know that the wine cask was invented in Australia? We Aussies know how to transport our grog (booze).
      Branson was fun. I reckon that Silver Dollar City is more interesting than the Dixie Stampede. We saw ‘It’s a Wonderful World’ and “A Christmas Story’. Both were well done, but I’m not hanging out to return.

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  14. skippersy / Dec 28 2014 1:26 pm

    A little late but I hope you and Poor John had a good Boxing Day! For those who may not know, this holiday is the day after Christmas or know as the second day of Christmas. It is celebrated in some countries like England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, etc. Basically employees give gifts to their workers. And gifts are also given out to say house cleaners/maids, lawn mowers, dog walkers, mail persons…. chimney sweeps (colder climates)…

    Finally, wishing you Peggy and Poor John and others on this blog a Happy and Healthy New Year 2015!

    SyS.
    Metro NYC

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 28 2014 8:42 pm

      Hi Sy, you’ve given a great description of Boxing Day. We had a good one, and are now enjoying the fact that the kids are with us for quite a few days. Really special time.

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  15. Traditionally Modern Food / Dec 29 2014 5:52 pm

    Happy holidays

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  16. To be happy anywhere!

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 31 2014 10:14 am

      Thanks. I hope 2015 is an especially happy year for you!

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  17. Norman / Dec 31 2014 2:53 pm

    happy holidays Peggy and John a very very Happy New Year love norman xx

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  18. floridaborne / Jan 2 2015 5:23 am

    Found your blog from todays Cats at the Bar top 23. 🙂

    I’m presently looking through some of your past blogs.

    Wishing you, your 2-legged and your 4-footed companions peace and prosperity this year.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 4 2015 6:58 pm

      Wishing you the same. Thanks so much for stopping by. It’s especially great that it led me back to your fun blog.

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  19. Good Food Everyday / Jan 2 2015 5:34 am

    Lovely post! Happy happy new year 🙂

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  20. Kenny2dogs / Jan 4 2015 6:29 am

    hello Peggy have just spent 20 minuets catching up on your blog. normally i would spend 10 minuets max viewing someones blog. The images of the mudmen and others are sensational. really enjoyed me visit.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 4 2015 8:37 am

      Thanks Kenny. The Goroka Show and visit to the Asaro village really were breathtaking. Hoping to post today about the mock wedding we attended. Another showy affair.

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  21. JunkChuck / Jan 5 2015 1:27 am

    Have a great New Year.

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  22. thewhisperingpen / Sep 14 2015 11:19 am

    Cool lights!

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 14 2015 3:48 pm

      They were. Tulsa does theirs every year, but I’m wondering if the Canberra guy will do his again this Christmas.

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