A Merry Victorian Christmas ... to you and you and you -- Dec 14, 2014
Every year throughout the month of December, Nevada City, CA hosts a Victorian Christmas event on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Two years ago, Jimmy and I, along with Alice and Tom, spent a very chilly few hours there, dodging raindrops and trying vainly to stay warm. This year was a bit different.
After a seafood gumbo lunch at our house with Alice and Tom, we four (wearing long-johns) headed down the hill to the Victorian Christmas party. This year, newlyweds, Matt and Jennifer, joined us ...and this year is extra-special for all of us, because Matt and Jen have moved from LA to Sacramento. O boy -- not far from both sets of parents! No rain was forecast for today (Sunday), but that didn't mean sunshine was blinding us or that it was particularly warm. Nope, we had just the tiniest of sprinkles, one spot of sun, and the rest was gray skies, with a temp in the mid-40's. Glove weather. Christmas weather.
We had a great time. Many people, especially vendors, were dressed in Victorian garb, and kids looked especially cute in their holiday finery. We listened to music, drank warm apple cider, tried roasted chestnuts, and dropped into stores and galleries for a look-see (and a momentary warm up). Street "musicians" and magicians entertained the crowd. And, yes, the streets were crowded. A fun time for all.
Not necessarily related.
I thought they tasted good. Jimmy didn't.
Miss Christmas tree was handing out candy canes (thanx!). The little girl at bottom left was completely dumbfounded by the walking, talking tree ... esp when the tree offered her a candy cane!
Same Santa, different year. Must be a tradition by now!
Nevada Union High School jazz band ... quite good.
Lights on the old Methodist Church come on at dusk.
(Actually this was at the beginning, but it begged to be called "The End.")
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A little after 5 o'clock, the six of us walked to Lefty's Grill, got right in and seated at a table. We were early, which helped. We enjoyed a delicious dinner in a nice, warm atmosphere. After that, we all trooped back up the hill to our house, turned on the (natural gas) fireplace and rehashed our day. I hope the other five had as grand a time as I did! Tomorrow is a "rest up" day, and then Tuesday .... Well, I'll tell you about it, but not yet. You'll have to wait. Hint: More fun!
Speaking of cute "kids" ... Jen and Matt in Lefty's.
Welcome to NorCal.