On dark and chilly evenings there is nothing quite like watching the lights that are out on display for the holiday season. Whether you admire the beautiful colored bulbs that or even the ornate candles that support a dancing flame, they all twinkle and shine in the most magical way! But where in the area can you go to see them? We are glad you asked! Below are some of our favorite spots:
The Austin Trial of Lights
This is an annual community event that invites all people alike to come celebrate the holidays at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The event showcases everything that makes Austin, Austin—music, food, creativity and family fun!
From Dec. 10th through the 23rd.
General Admission is Free for 7 out of the 14 nights at the Austin Trail of Lights.
This is winding trail of holiday light displays that you drive through! There are tunnels to pass under, moving lights, and other wonderful light displays that are sure to bring out your child-like wonder!
This is an annual New Braunfels tradition focused on bring the community together for a night of warm beverages, local downtown businesses, and family fun! "Stroll through the streets of Downtown New Braunfels sipping warm wassail and see what your local merchants have to offer for your holiday gift giving needs."
On Dec. 5th from 6 PM - 9 PM
Admission is free. (Close parking is limited, parking fee varies from lot to lot.)
The Windcrest Light Up is an annual tradition in which, "residents decorate their homes with elaborate displays of holiday lights. A contest is held to pick the most beautifully decorated homes in various judging categories and the public is invited to drive along neighborhood streets to view the brightly-lit displays."
Lights will be up from December 3rd to whenever the residents take down their lights, usually end of December.
Admission is free.
Sights and Sounds
This local San Marcos festival, "strives to provide the San Marcos community and surrounding areas with an exciting holiday celebration for all."
"Enjoy the Holiday lights overhead, the luminarias along the banks of the river, and the Ford Holiday Boat Caroling floating by while you stroll or as you enjoy a frothy hot beverage or an exquisite meal along the River Walk. "
Lights turn on at dusk for the first 3 weekends in December
October has come and gone and here at Elevation On Post we are feeling “Spooked-out”! It is time to cozy up and practice the Danish lifestyle of “Hygge”.
Hygge (pronounced HEW-guh) is a concept that does not translate into a single English word. It expresses a sense of contentment in everyday, simple pleasures. Things like being curled up inside with a warm cup of coffee and a good book, or something like splashing your feet in the puddles after an afternoon shower.
Here are 5 ways to embrace the Hygge lifestyle:
A couple of cozy candles around the living room instead of electric lights gives your space a warm glow that simply feels more natural and soothing.
The scent of a candle can go a long way in enhancing your experience too! Lavender scents are calming and great when you need to wind down. Fresh linen scents help brighten a room, make everything feel clean, and light.
Pillows and Blankets!
.No one is too old for a big fluffy blanket and a mountain of pillows! As the weather gets colder, indulge yourself with a blanket cocoon or a pillow fort.
a.Our favorite materials are cotton and faux fur!
.A super simple snack or meal that makes you feel good is an instant day brightener! As this lifestyle is all about enjoying the simple things take some time to slowly eat your food savoring the taste and thinking about why you like it so much.
a.You could even share this meal with friends and make it a group event!
.Hot or warm drinks demand that you slowly consume them. Take 5 minutes to sit and sip on tea, coco, or coffee. Let your mind wander or try to focus on the cooling blows, the tentative sips, and the warm spread in your stomach.
a.We personally recommend doing this with the beverages from our free Starbucks machine in the leasing office.
Take a Nature Walk!
.Getting out into the fresh air and actively sensing nature is a great way to ground yourself and relish all the simple things you might never give a passing thought.
a.We personally enjoy going on a “color walk”. Your try to locate one object of every color of the rainbow. Remember to “take only pictures and leave only footprints!”’
Nothing says “FALL!” like a big orange gourd in or around your home! Pumpkin patches have popped up all around the San Marcos area and are just waiting for you to visit. Whether you like to bake with pie pumpkins, carve big pumpkins, or just take in the fall vibes with a pumpkin patch, swing down to any of the free pumpkin patches near Elevation On Post!
Cross Plants and Produce
705 N Old Hwy 81, San Marcos TX 78666
First United Methodist Church
129 Hutchison St, San Marcos TX 78666
767 MAin St, Buda TX 78610
Gruene United Methodist Church
2629 E Common St, New Braunfels TX 78130
And since we figure you will probably carve the pumpkins you pick up...
The History of the Jack-O-Lantern:
Every Halloween there is always an abundance of “Jack-O-Lantern” around. They line driveways, sit in windows, and the decorations get more and more creative each year. But where did this tradition come from?
The American English word “Jack-O-Lantern” has described the hollowed-out gourd since the 19th century when droves of Irish migrated to America. However, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term originates from the 17th century England and was used to describe a night watchman. In England an unidentified man was referred to “Jack” and as the watchman would carry lanterns to light their way they would have been referred to as “Jack with the lantern” or “Jack of the lantern”.
The older term “Jack O’Lantern” is speculated to come from the Celtic practice of carving roots and vegetables with garish faces to keep evil spirits away, or more specifically “Stingy Jack”. The legend goes that a man named Stingy Jack in ancient Ireland who loved nothing more than playing tricks - even on the devil. One of his tricks caught the devil up in an apple tree and Stingy Jack would not let the devil down unless he promised not to take his soul when he died. Upon his death, he was not allowed into heaven or hell and was forced to wander the earth with nothing more than his favorite vegetable, a turnip, and an ember from hell. On “All Hallow’s Eve” (now Halloween) the Irish would carve out turnips to ward off Stingy Jack, and brought this tradition over to the united states where pumpkins abound.
Cut out the bottom of the pumpkin instead of the top.
This will prevent the pumpkin from carving in on itself.
It will be easier to put a lit candle in, or rather over.
Use a scraper tool to “thin” the side you will be carving into.
An ice cream scoop will work in a pinch.
When carving, work from the inside of the design out.
This will help prevent you from accidentally putting pressure on a carved piece and breaking it.
Push the carved piece out from the inside.
A pumpkin is curved, so the outside is the widest edge of the pumpkin.
Use battery-powered lights to leave the pumpkin lit all night without risking a fire hazard!
Happy carving from all of us at Elevation On Post!