We’ve been back in our house for less than a week and we’re already decorated for Christmas – we even found a tree. Actually, we’d hoped to get a live tree this year and stopped in at the Christmas tree lot on my way home from work but they only had 7 foot trees left. We then popped into Target and they had nothing – not even a fake tree. But yesterday at lunch, I stopped in at CVS and found a 4-foot pre-lit tree.
Here are a few pics of our Disney Christmas in Vegas:
And then this article in (Vegas) Seven magazine caught my attention: Have Yourself a Subtle Little Christmas: Vegas is like old-school Disneyland. Whoa! Looks like I’m not the only one who compares Vegas to Disneyland. And then the opening paragraph totally grabbed my attention.
I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness. My family left the religion shortly before I turned 18. That’s a fun fact I bust out once a year to explain why Christmas feels unnatural to me.
I’m not saying that to invoke pity or to piss you off. It’s simply the way I am. Christmas just isn’t my jam. As per the rules of our faith, my family didn’t celebrate any of what the Witnesses called the “pagan” holidays until I was a legal adult, so I don’t have a raft of down-home sentimental winter holiday remembrances to draw on. I never knew the wonderment, the anticipation or the pie-eyed greed of a Great American Christmas until I was old enough to know just how much it costs.
But I did have Disneyland.
I can so relate to that, and here’s another part I must quote:
I’ll go out on a limb here and say that all those childhood Disneyland trips instilled in me a love of tourist-friendly built environments, one which Las Vegas continues to satiate year after year just by being itself. I can’t get enough of the phony spaces most locals generally avoid. I visit the Forum Shops and Miracle Mile to turn my brain off—to get that mid-1980s Disneyland/Epcot Center feeling. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a trompe l’oeil ceiling, and I appreciate that these places are always what they are, no matter the time of year.
That’s all of Las Vegas, really. Even on December 25, it’s possible to drink at the Wynn and pretend that it’s July.
You can read the entire article here.
I’m not quite as jaded as the author. Often this comes from those who leave Jehovah’s Witnesses (a faux Christian cult) and don’t embrace a true Christian Faith – they’re left with what the Witnesses taught them and don’t understand the truth behind the “pagan” claims or the real meaning of true Christianity. I keep these people in my prayers.
But this article was such an eye-opener and probably explains my love for living near Disney World, Disneyland, and Las Vegas and why “normal” cities just don’t interest me. 🙂