Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Night of Lights and Antique Christmas Goodness in St. Augustine, Florida


My favorite element of Christmas has always been the visuals, the smells being a close second. Not the food, surprisingly, but the evergreen tree and frankincense smells. The lights, the decorations that were bought down from the attic every year. I would lay under our Christmas tree and watch the dancing lights in perfect contentment. For about a decade now I've made it a point to enjoy Christmas lights on a huge scale and explore St. Augustine's ambitious "Night of Lights" every year.


I feel at home and sickly nostalgic every time I explore St. Augustine's touristy "Old City". It brings me right back to my childhood in Italy, where the mostly Catholic populace makes Christmas extremely festive. I remember narrow cobblestone streets twinkling with lights, smokey with rich frankincense and tables filled with earthy, lit, detailed, hand-crafted nativities called precepio.


Every time I visit St. Augustine I can easily see myself setting up a shop and staying forever, it's so homey and comfortable. Maybe one day! For now, I'm happy exploring more before settling down on one thing.

What's are your Christmas traditions? I want to work hard, save up and take a pilgrimage to snow with AJ. He's never seen it before! By the way, I'll be taking a break from posting (but never working, I'm an addict!) until December 26th, the day after Christmas. I'll have something interactive that I need your help with! Aaah! Hope you'll stop by. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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  2. I've always wanted to visit St. Augustine. If I ever get the opportunity, I know now that it will have to be around Christmas. Your pictures are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, but not nearly as gorgeous as being there :D You have to visit sometime, Christmas is especially nice because it's usually mild right around Christmas here for some reason (with cold fronts before and after) and it's just pretty and pleasant.

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  3. Such gorgeous lights! Really beautiful thanks for sharing and happy holidays

    retro rover

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    1. No problem :) Gotta share video of the beautiful city one day too. Happy Holidays to you!

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  4. My favorite part of Christmas is the lights - and vintage glass ornaments of course :) No major traditions here - other than making sugar cookies which we did over the past weekend. Decorated them like zombies - the untraditional part lol. Merry Christmas Van!

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    1. I need zombie sugar cookies in my liiiife! Gonna try that :) knocked out St. Auggie now we need to find some snow! Merry Christmas!

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  5. These photos are so magical! I went to St. Augustine once over a long weekend but it wasn't dressed up for the holidays!

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    1. It's incredible :D The photos don't do its beauty justice.

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  6. Happy Holidays Van. I enjoy the lights too. It's like a fantasy world. Why don't we do it all year long??

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    1. It truly is. I had to stop myself from taking more photos so I could enjoy walking and taking it in with my love, haha.

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