Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Koziar's Christmas Village ~ Our New Family Tradition

Although, Joe and I have been together for nearly 2 decades, we really didn't have many traditions to call our own.  Now that we have Grace, we've been trying to get more into creating traditions for our little family.
When I was a little girl, I remember my parents taking us for walks around our neighborhood to see everyone's Christmas decorations.  I specifically remember the house on the corner, the yard was filled with those wonderful, plastic figures with the lightbulb in the back!  Santa, his reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and always a special spot for the Nativity scene!  I also remember looking out the windows of the car when we would drive somewhere after dark.  I loved looking at all the twinkling lights and decorations.  I looked forward to doing this with my kids someday. 

Last year, Grace was still a little young for looking at the lights out the car window.  I couldn't seem to get her to look out of the side windows, she would only look straight ahead, missing all of the beautiful holiday lights.  And since we're not in the city anymore, walking around to see the neighbors' decorations isn't a really good idea, considering we don't have sidewalks in our neighborhood. 

I remembered my parents telling us about Koziar's Christmas Village many years ago.  At the time, we didn't have kids and I really didn't pay all that much attention.  So, when I saw a friend of ours post pictures on Facebook of their family at Christmas Village, I knew right away I wanted to take Grace to see the wonderful Christmas displays. 

Since it's mostly outdoors, we bundled ourselves up and drove out to see the village.  I'll never forget the expression on Grace's face as we drove over the hill and the spectacular display came into view!  Her eyes lit up, huge with excitement!  It melts my heart just thinking about it! 

If you'd like to see just what Grace saw as we passed over that hill, check out Koziar's Christmas Village website.  Don't skip the into...or you'll miss it!!! 

We couldn't get her out of the car fast enough!  She was so excited to see all of the pretty decorations! 

This sign greets you as you enter the village from the parking lot!
Much more magical in person!
We took a handful of pictures, but mostly just wanted to enjoy watching Grace take in the magic of the beautiful lights. 

Grace loved running up to the windows to see the festive displays inside! 

But I think her favorite were the little houses!  She really loved walking onto the little porches and knocking on the doors! 

Check out this HUGE Santa! 

Here's a photo of Joe and Grace standing in front of the HUGE Santa.  Joe is over 6 feet tall, to give you an idea of the height of that Santa! 

This was one of our favorite light displays:

And of course, they didn't forget the true reason for the season:

We're looking forward to taking Grace again this year, making it a new family tradition! 

disclosure:  I was not compensated in any way for this post.  I simply wanted to share our wonderful experience at Koziar's Christmas Village.   

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