One of my favorite things about living in this city is all of the free events that our town has. There is such a sense of community here and I really feel like a part of it this time of the year. For being just outside of a major city in Florida, our city has such a small town feel.
We have brick roads, family owned shops, community events, and beautifully kept parks. There's always something to do on the weekends, there's always a new restaurant that we have to try, and the streets and shops are full of people.
This community event happens every winter, and for me, it really kicks off the holiday season. Christmas in the Park is when the small museum up the block puts its collection of Tiffany windows in the park, lights them up, and choirs ranging in age sing Christmas carols on the stage. People bring blankets, hot cocoa in mugs, bottles of wine, candles for their night picnic, and their families to enjoy it all with.
As usual, it was beautiful albeit crowded. The city blocks off a portion of the brick road, police officers patrol on horseback, the shops extend their hours, and the restaurants extend their seating onto the sidewalks.
There is a historical house + property just north of the festivities that hosts an event as well. They boast hot cocoa, cookies, and Santa for the kids. The rooms in the house are all decorated for the holidays, and the outdoor patio is lit up with market lights strung across the courtyard.
This week I have a few days off after spending the weekend with family. I'm going to spend it planning our road trip to up north! We're going to stop at a few places including Pennsylvania New Jersey, and even Manhattan! It's so strange having a few days off now that I am done with classes. The best is how I have enough time to catch up on some reading, as well as some TV shows! I plan on getting a little farther in Game of Thrones since I just finished Blog, Inc. And as for TV, there are plenty of Dexter episodes I have to watch before I can see the finale that everyone was posting about last night! You'll find me with my new road atlas in one hand today, a cup of jasmine tea in the other, and Dexter playing in the background.