I tend to anxiously anticipate Christmas, but this year it’s flying at me at an alarming rate. I don’t even feel in the Christmas spirit yet even though I’ve finished my shopping, gone to Christmas parties, and put up a tree. And even though I’ve been extra festive this year by doing Christmas-y things like seeing the Nutcracker and going to Holiday Nights.
My sister and I went to see The Nutcracker at the Detroit Opera House a few weeks ago. It was the first time at the ballet for both of us, and The Nutcracker seemed to be the most natural foray into the world of ballet.
The costumes were gorgeous, the scenery was well done, and the dancing was impressive. Victoria and I marvelled at how anyone could possibly dance right on their toes and spent time the next day Googling pointe shoes and how they work.
Needless to say I’m keeping my eyes peeled for the next ballet that rolls into town.
This past weekend Matt and I and three other couples went to Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn for the Holiday Nights event which runs every year.
Greenfield Village is a collection of authentic homes, workshops, cabins, and other buildings from the 1600s to 1800s. In December the village is open at night for Christmas themed festivities in an event that sells out every night.
They line the paths with candle lanterns, and there are actors in period costume throughout the village including Santa and live reindeer (for those who thought reindeer were fantasy, they do exist).
There are special Christmas themed exhibits, displays, and demonstrations.
There are carriage rides and Model-T rides and a small ice skating rink.
Live carolers, brass bands, and mummers provide entertainment. When you get peckish there are stews (delicious!) and hot roasted sandwiches and chestnuts and cocoa and cider available too.
The night wraps up with a Fireworks Finale after which the whole place swiftly shuts down (and I mean swift) and you can’t get a beer anywhere. We tried.
I hadn’t been to the Village before (just to The Henry Ford Museum) but I’d like to go back sometime when it’s less busy so I can spend more time looking at the historic buildings.
You’d think that by partaking in such festive activities, I’d be fully ready for the holidays next week, but still I’m not quite there. I have presents to wrap and cookies to bake and a Christmas Eve menu to put together.
I am pleased to say that I have nothing to do all day on Christmas Day until dinner and Boxing Day will be completely free. That’s two whole days of chilling and doing absolutely nothing. Sounds great in theory, but can I handle such idleness? We’ll see in a mere week.