The month of December often reminds many people of a white Christmas Day, family gatherings, the decorating of trees and homes, delicious home-cooked meals, online and store shopping, Santa Claus, and the exchange of many gifts.
But what if we, as humanity, could be further reminded of things, that may not always be as shiny to society, but profoundly matter in life?
For instance, cold or even frigid weather can remind us to share much unconditional kindness to self and others, in its various forms, that’s capable of warming our hearts and soothing our souls.
This includes, but is not limited to, often treating ourselves to whatever we enjoy in life (without wondering if we deserve it), sharing a genuine smile and uplifting words to a stranger who seems down, and deeply empathizing with a homeless person (and even their pet) and sharing some food and/or water bottle.
Sedona’s Tree Lighting & Santa Visit
Do you find yourself mesmerized by really huge, shiny objects? Are you connected to your free-spirited, inner-child? Do you have children who are fascinated by seemingly magical characters, shiny objects, yummy treats, and fun activities?
If you answered, “YES!” to one or more of the above questions, then you’re in for a delightful surprise.
There will be an Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 7th, from 5 – 7 pm at Tlaquepaque North, 313 State Route Sedona.
WHAT?! That’s right, but before you get too excited, this event includes an enormous 26 foot tree, free hot chocolate, Santa Claus, Snowman, Santa’s Elf, balloon twisting, LED marching band, free goody bags for children visiting Santa (sorry adults), and more.
NO WAY!! Yes way, there will be LOADS of sparkling fun.
For more information please visit the Sedona’s Tree Lighting & Santa Visit website.
The Festival of Lights
Throughout the ages, humanity has often experienced being in awe while looking up at the sparkling stars supported by the dark night sky.
So could the root of our intense fascination and deep appreciation of such amazing stuff of life lie within the gift of contrast/duality?
For a seemingly magical night, come join the Festival of Lights that began its cherished tradition 46 years ago.
Here you will have the golden opportunity to witness the lighting of 6,000 luminarias within Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkways.
The Lighting of 6,000 Luminarias happens on Saturday, December 8th from 3 pm – 8 pm and also includes musical entertainment, a visit from Santa, and free cider!
For more information please visit the The Festival of Lights website.
Sedona Northern Lights
Do you enjoy the back in the day, drive in movie theaters where you and your loved ones can relax in your vehicles, be able to conversate among one another without interrupting others, enjoy snacks brought from home, get some fresh air outside when you feel like it, and simply enjoy being entertained by the BIG screen?
Well, since there’s no outdoor movie theater in Sedona, or anywhere else nearby, there’s the next best thing.
For 4 days only—from December 13th – 16th—you have the opportunity to witness the country’s largest 3D holiday light show in The Most Beautiful Place on Earth, with its dark starry skies and stunning landscapes.
Times: 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm (show at the top of each hour)
Where: Art Show projected on Camelhead Rock (next to Snoopy Rock).
Listen: Tune to KAZM 780AM on a radio for music to accompany the light show!
For more information please visit the Sedona Northern Lights website.
Holiday Sweet Stroll
Many of us have experienced the joyful pleasure (or nightmare) of shopping during the holiday season.
But what if, you had the chance to turn this year’s shopping experience into an adventurous and fun one?
Imagine, while heading to the next store within Sedona, you and your loved ones are able to witness: The Grinch tip toe across the courtyard, a group of carolers sing like a choir of heavenly angels, children excitedly interact with jolly Santa Claus, and even have a chance to be offered a special give-a-way by one of the retailers.
Come join the Holiday Sweet Stroll at Tlaquepaque on Saturday, December 22nd, 3 – 7 pm.
For more information please visit the Holiday Sweet Stroll website.
What do you think?
Which events are you looking forward to this month? Please let me know what you think in the comments.