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Life in DFW

My life as a wife and mom in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and all things fun about it!

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Downton Dallas Tree Lighting

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Last Sunday, we decided to spend our afternoon and evening in downtown Dallas, hoping to experience something magical. And we did, in the 2014 Citylights celebration. The whole Main Street was closed, food stalls, musical performances and all the fun started at 3 p.m.


We parked down at the Bank of America Plaza, because everywhere else was full. It was a good weather to stroll around, so we didn't mind the distance.


Greeted by this cool Christmas tree and serenaded by classic Christmas carols (performed by Dallas Symphony Orchestra), we were just psyched! This will be a good evening, we thought. We didn't waste no time, and continued walking up the big street.


And there it was. A long line of people who were trying to get a free cup of hot cocoa (with whipped cream on top!) given out in front of The Joule hotel and by the hotel. Just in time for my chocolate cravings to kick in! Couldn't resist the heavenly smell of this magnificent holiday beverage...hmm...


After crossing the newly reopened Dallas Chop House, we went to the Kids Zone, where there were slides and trampoline everywhere. J is too small to get on these things, so we decided to go on his behalf. Haha..


Oh yeah, bring back the childhood memories.


We then crossed to the Main Street Garden where the Big tree is going to be lit up by Santa (who usually makes a cool entrance from year to year). The country-style booth you see on the left hand side of the picture here caught our attention, cause it said "Olde-Fashioned Soda Pop". There was quite a long line over there but I don't know, long lines seemed to attract us that afternoon. So we went in line to find out.


As it turned out, you can try one or more of these flavored soda pop crafted by Wild Bill's  for free in little paper cups, but if you want a free refill throughout the whole evening (without having to get in line all over again), you just needed to purchase their mug (we got the $12 one, the smallest one). The Vintage Vanilla Cream was so yummy, but our favorite was the Rocky Mountain Root Beer! They have the diet version of it as well.

After a long wait, the big ol' man in a red suit finally made his entrance at 6.15 p.m. Not on a sleigh, but on a helicopter!


You see that little white dot o the left photo? That was him, hanging on a rope tied to a helicopter. The photo on the right shows you when he got closer to the Municipal Court building(where the main stage was). Too bad, J was asleep during this entire stunt.


Then he 'lit' the big Christmas tree up with some serious fireworks. Simply stunning.

In 4 weeks, we'll be having our very first Christmas together as a family, away from our family in Indonesia. Yet amazingly, we do not feel all alone.

Well, it is the most wonderful time of the year. How can you not be joyful?


Extra pics from our Thanksgiving yesterday. Had some roasted cornish hens and green beans.

Went to Highland Park Village for a late night stroll.

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We give thanks :)