There is a holiday lights display out at the Portland International Raceway every year. A fee is charged, some of which goes to charity, and driving around the racetrack to see the lights is a holiday tradition for many families. This year, for the first time, DH and I drove over to see them. I was delighted and impressed. There were stockings hung by the chimney with care, and Santa on a ski jump, and dolls and toy soldiers,
And the little igloo in Bethlehem with the three wise penguins sliding on the ice. You remember the story of the three wise penguins who brought gifts of seal liver, mucktuk and pelts, don't you? It's in the new, revised, multi-cultural, politically correct Bible.
Then the twelve days of Christmas were illustrated in lighted sculpture. Taking pictures from a moving car leaves things a bit blurry. My apologies. I was particularly taken with the three enormous French hens attacking the Eifel Tower. Fowl domination of the freedom-loving French!
I also admired the five gold rings. The two turtledoves evidently knew a good thang when they saw it and are making a fast getaway.
Then things got - more varied. There was a display with two stars of David and a menorah, followed by a display of - well I'm not sure what, but it was titled "Kanzaa" I'm not trying to be cute here. I really couldn't figure out what was being symbolized by the patches and strings of lights. That one could use a bit more work.
Then we came to the true, inner meaning of Christmas. The dinosaurs. What, you don't revere the holy Brontosaurus where you live? You heathen! There were also attendant stegosaurs and triceratops hovering by. It warms my heart to see such sensitive, reverent displays.
And last, but certainly not least, was the Christmas Godzilla.
After a night of such illuminating excitement, I went home and went straight to bed where visions of elven electricians with baskets of colored light bulbs danced in my head all night. What a huge feat to keep that place lit up! There were over two miles of displays, and it really was fun to cruise through. They even loan you a Christmas music CD to play as you go through to get yourself in the mood.
But a Christmas Godzilla? Well, we are on the left coast, here.
May all your Christmases be merry and bright, and may Santa bring you everything you ever wished for! Ho Ho Ho!