Category Archives: Christmas and holiday season

Rhema Bible Training College Christmas Lights

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Sunday after church I spent all afternoon putting our modest collection of lights up on the house. It always amazes me how long it takes to drag the stuff out, untangle everything, see what works and what doesn’t, run to the store to get what you need, drag the ladder out and then climb up and down the ladder a gazillion times. That takes 90% of the time, the rest of the time is actually putting up the lights. And then you get to make the adjustments and replace bulbs that decided not to light and well you know. Here we are.

So, we loaded up and and went to the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow to the campus of Rhema Bible Church¬†and their gift to the community of a pure over the top Christmas lights show. (And yes, check out the web site, don’t tell them Yogi sent you unless you want to be prayed over, a lot, and then escorted off the campus.)

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Their web site say they have two million lights and that seems like an undercount to me. There are lights everywhere.

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I hope they get a discount on their power bill because even with led’s I bet that Public Service Company of Oklahoma is keeping an extra generator going.

Gingerbread Man

They have trees wrapped and all sorts of characters like the gingerbread man above.

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Heather and I liked the tree wrapped above with all different color lights. I wonder what the story is.

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They do all this for free. It is just amazing and it is very popular.

Noah's Ark

And an ark.

Merry Christmas

And a Merry Christmas sign

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And there is Logan and Heather. And no, she is not shrinking. It just looks like it.

Rhema keeps the lights going from 5:30 to 11:30 nightly through January 1. Go check them out if you are close.

Trees of the Season

Christmas Living Room 2013 Edited

Heather has been working on the house both inside and out. Above is our living room. She makes works hard to make a very festive yet welcoming room. You can tell that LJ, the cat on the hearth is pretty happy with the result. He and Chrissy the Christmas cat take turns on the hearth. Or more precisely he gets the hearth until she kicks him off of it. 

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Heather also decorated the outside. I put the lights on the eaves and Heather added the lights on the shrubs and wrapped the trees. Plus she put the tree in up the dining room window. I did a lot, I promise. Just because you can’t see what I did doesn’t mean that I didn’t do it. Or something like that.

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This is the dining room tree that you could see through the window. It is our “old” Christmas tree recycled.

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And this is my Nana,the world’s greatest MIL tree, or more precisely one of her trees. She loves the Gulf Coast so she has a palm Christmas trees complete with a flamingo. Works for me.

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Oh, you thought she had just one tree, no, sorry this is sitting room tree in front of a window. 

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Two trees you thought, sorry, this is her third tree. I like it best ofher trees. So territorial looking. Notice the stove, it is from one of her forbearers who were Oklahoma pioneers. It’s the real deal, but it is not hooked up to a flue. So no fires in it for now. In her previous house she had it hooked up and used it for heat once in a while when it got frosty.

Do you have a tree up yet? I mean if you celebrate Christmas.

Rhema Bible Church Christmas Light Display

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Monday night, Heather, Logan, Me and a dog named Rascal loaded up and drove over to the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow to check out the Rhema Bible Church Christmas Light Display. It has been going on for 30 years and just keeps getting bigger and better all the time.

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Being the wimps we generally just drive by with the seat warmers going this time though the temperature was mild so parked and walked around a little bit.

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Its best seen on foot where you can get in amongst the lights. It really is magical with the bright bulbs and reflections. There are a lot of people there but it is not packed and everybody is in a good mood.

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There are not too many rules and there are no minders barking at people. Mainly just stay on the walkway is the only thing they ask.

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There are no fees for anything. They do have drinks and snacks for sale. They just ask that people have a good time. There was no problem with that. Lots of smiles and picture taking was going on.

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The most popular decoration was a bridge of lights over a pond. The colors changed constantly to the beat of music.

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All I can say is that Logan, Heather, Me, and a dog named Rascal all got our Christmas Spirit going. Kudos to Rhema Bible Church for putting this on. Public Service Company of Oklahoma probably has them on the Christmas card list. I do that for my best customers.

If you are somebody who celebrates Christmas what are doing to get your Christmas Spirit going?

Philbrook Museum Festival of the Trees 2012

Last Sunday we loaded up the whole family including visitors Uncle Bob and Gramps and headed out to Philbrook Museum of Art’s Festival of the Trees.

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It is a fund raiser held every year. Various artists put together trees for sale. Lots of creativity in play here.

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Here is a tree for skiers.

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And an owl tree

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Little trees, big trees, trees everywhere.

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I try and never miss the Festival of the Trees.

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SuperPizzaBoy, Gramps, and Uncle Bob – we all had a good time.

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Sweetie and SPB.

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The Girl Scouts and other organizations make gingerbread houses. I always look forward to them.

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Again, very creative and original

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SPB did not care for the Barbie Doll Gingerbread house.

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I loved the bubblegum roof on this.

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This has a little bit of a Scandinavian air about it.

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We looked at the rest of the museum and saw some old favorites like “The Blue Kimono” by William Merritt Chase painted nearly 100 years ago.

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The have quite a collection of Native American Pottery.

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And their latest addition, reclining teenager, hey wait a minute!!

If you live in Tulsa, go check the Festival of Trees out. Hurry though, it ends December 9.

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