There is a reason! What is the happiest place in the world? It ain’t Disneyland, according to a new study! According to a recent study, you might be surprised what city appears to be the happiest! http://www.usatoday.com/story/dispatches/2013/12/05/happiest-cities-jetpac-city-guides/3870945/ So we decided to have a little fun around the Radio Ranch here at 92 3 WIL, St. Louis Country Station! Since the study included all those instagram pics, we decided to ask for their BEST Instagram happy face!
It takes quite a while to see the 35 acres of Christmas lights at Santa’s Magical Kingdom in south St. Louis County. Millions of lights and dozens of holiday scenes fill Jellystone Park in Eureka. You can see Santa’s flying reindeer, travel through the Candy Cane Village or visit the Waterfall of Lights. For even more fun, take an old fashioned wagon ride through the display. After seeing the lights, head over to Kringle’s General Store for a little holiday shopping. Santa’s Magical Kingdom is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Admission is $20 per car or $12 for wagon or train ride tickets. November 15, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Jellystone Park, Eureka
The holiday season begins in Downtown St. Louis with the Macy’s Holiday Festival of Lights. Crowds gather in Kiener Plaza to watch the lighting of the Christmas tree and downtown light display. The evening ends with fireworks and a special visit from Santa Claus. The event runs from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. November 22, 2013
Downtown St. Louis
The Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville is one of the area’s most popular Christmas displays (see pictures of the display). More than a million lights are used to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. You can drive through the display or take a carriage ride. There’s also a laser light show, camel rides, an indoor Christmas tree display and an interactive play area for the kids. The Way of Lights is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to view the lights is free, but there is a small charge for the laser light show, camel rides and other attractions. Donations are also accepted. November 22, 2013 – January 3, 2014
Our Lady of the Snows Shrine, Belleville
Garden Glow is new for 2013. Hundreds of thousands of lights will decorate the Missouri Botanical Garden for the holidays. Walk through the light display, then take in the Victorian Christmas decorations at Tower Grove House. Garden Glow also has live holiday music, snacks and shopping. Garden Glow is open most evenings during the Christmas season from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (until 10 p.m. after December 19). General admission is $16 for adults and $10 for children. The price for adults increases to $18 after December 19. November 23, 2013 – January 4, 2014
Missouri Botanical Garden
For 28 years, employees with the St. Louis County Parks Department have turned Tilles Park into a Winter Wonderland. You can drive through the display, but the best way to see the lights is by horse-drawn carriage. Winter Wonderland is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., except for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Cars are welcome Sunday through Friday, but Saturdays are reserved for carriage rides. Admission is $10 per car. Tickets for carriage rides are available through MetroTix, and vary depending on the size of the carriage. November 27, 2013 – January 1, 2014
Tilles Park, St. Louis County
Go a little wild this holiday season with Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo. If you’ve never been to the zoo on a winter evening, this is a real treat. Walk through the exhibits as they come alive with more than 500,000 lights (see pictures of the display). Kids can hear holiday stories and adults can do a little shopping at the Holiday Zootique. Wild Lights is open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 for Zoo members and $5 for non-members. Children under two get in free. There is also free parking at the Zoo’s South Lot. November 29 – December 15, 2013 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
December 20 – 30, 2013 (Daily)
Each year, Alton’s Rock Spring Park twinkles with more than two million lights during the holiday season. You’ll see cascading waterfalls, lighted trees and dozens of magical displays. Kids can also visit Santa in the Enchanted Forest or get up close with goats, llamas and other animals at the petting zoo. Christmas Wonderland is open Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $7 for cars and small vans, or $1 a person for vehicles with more than 10 people. You can also take a carriage ride through the display. November 29 – December 29, 2013
Rock Spring Park, Alton
You find all kinds of Christmas scenes at the Celebation of Lights in O’Fallon, Missouri. Each year since 1991, visitors have enjoyed taking in the holiday lights at Fort Zumwalt Park. This is primarily a drive-though display, but you can also take a carriage, train or sleigh ride through the park. There is also a walk-through night on Tuesday, December 10. Celebration of Lights is open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday is for train rides only. Admission is $9 for cars and $15 for large vans. Tuesday is discount night where all cars, vans and non-commerical vehicles are $7. November 29 – December 30, 2013
Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon, MO
I sure WAS! I got to see a sneak peak of the new “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” movie which opens today! First off, I definitely read all three books. The first movie I thought was okay, my only beef was how shaky the camera work was and it gave me a headache. They have done much better on “Catching Fire”. No Shaky camera, they follow the book beautifully and I give it a HUGE THUMBS UP! Here’s a cute Sesame Street Hunger Games Parody just for you:
And here is the official Trailer for the NEW Hunger Games: Catching Fire:
May the ODDS be EVER in your Favor! Comment here after you have seen the movie and let me know your favorite part and if it’s a thumbs up or down for you!
I’ve posted this on my own Facebook on several occasions. Cornbread read excerpts this morning and you can listen to the clip here, as well as have a copy of the complete poem. Have a GREAT Friday! The Invisible Mother
It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I’m on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I’m thinking, ‘Can’t you see I’m on the phone?’
Obviously not; no one can see if I’m on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all. I’m invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this??
Some days I’m not a pair of hands; I’m not even a human being. I’m a clock to ask, ‘What time is it?’ I’m a satellite guide to answer, ‘What number is the Disney Channel?’ I’m a car to order, ‘Right around 5:30, please.’
Some days I’m a crystal ball; ‘Where’s my other sock? Where’s my phone?, What’s for dinner?’
I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history, music and literature -but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She’s going, she’s going, and she’s gone!
One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England . She had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when she turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, ‘I brought you this.’ It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn’t exactly sure why she’d given it to me until I read her inscription: ‘With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.’
In the days ahead I would read – no, devour – the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work: 1) No one can say who built the great cathedrals – we have no record of their names. 2) These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. 3) They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. 4) The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.
A story of legend in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, ‘Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof, No one will ever see it And the workman replied, ‘Because God sees.’
I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was Almost as if I heard God whispering to me, ‘I see you. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you’ve done, no sequin you’ve sewn on, no cupcake you’ve baked, no Cub Scout meeting, no last minute errand is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can’t see right now what it will become.
I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.
When I really think about it, I don’t want my son to tell the friend he’s bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, ‘My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens for the table.’ That would mean I’d built a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, he’d say, ‘You’re gonna love it there…’
As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we’re doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible mothers.
Would YOU Open it? First, I want to welcome you to the new “Book Club” here on Chick Clicks! So here’s the deal. The Chick Clicks book club is all about SHARING! I want you ALL to share the latest book or books you are reading or have just read and give a review! Has anyone read “The Husbands Secret” by Liane Moriarty? I WANT TO! And after you see the quick video, what would YOU do if you found such a letter????
It’s #4 on the NY Times best seller list! Should we start with it? Listen, If you’re as busy as I am, you don’t necessarily have time for a traditional book club. I was in one and loved it! The last book I read in a book club was “Water For Elephants” (A GREAT book!), which was a couple years ago. I DO miss mingling among fellow book lovers (and the wine!) and perhaps we can think about meeting up every once in awhile for a BFF in person Book Club! But for all of us on limited time, I hope this will be fun and opens up a lot of GREAT book suggestions for all of us! We will choose all different genres! I’ll go first:
I like all different kinds of books, but I’m especially into Historical Fiction and Fantasy/Sci Fi. I also love a great romance! But I am totally open to reading all genres! I will be honest and I hope you will be do! For example: Bo got me to read “50 Shades of Gray”. He and his wife, Daisy, LOVED it! ME? I liked it at first, then it bugged me that she was so darn submissive. Literally! So. I stopped in the middle of Book 2. Bo just could NOT understand! lol!
Okay, before you crack up and go “OMG! Judi, are you NUTS?” Okay, I admit, the movie, IMO, was AWFUL! It was NOTHING like the book! The book was fascinating and really well written! The author was able to mix history with paranormal fantasy that just worked! Here is a BOOK trailer:
Is it something you might consider reading? NOW! On to YOUR suggestions! What is a book you suggest for our first Virtual Book Club of the Chick Clicks?
My NEW (Used) treasure from my Thrift Store bargain hunting.
I might have the last name of Diamond. but I’m FAR from rich and I’ve ALWAYS gone to used and thrift stores and consignment shops to save money. This latest find I got to add to my treasure trove of great deals comes from one of my local Goodwill stores. I’ve been hunting for a rug for my living room for over a year. These rugs are hundreds if not thousands of dollars. So when I saw this rug for around $30 bucks…I SNAPPED IT UP! I also got an Adrienne Vitadini sweater….GET THIS…for $3.00 bucks! You just gotta remember two important things when shopping at thrift stores: 1). Every day brings new deliveries for many of the stores, so go back often and, 2). The best days to thrift stores shop, I’ve found, tends to be on Mondays.
Got any great thrift store or garage sale stories to share? Let’s hear em”!
Watch til the end, this is the most amazing band I’ve ever seen! WOW! I was a total geek as a teen. Not a band geek. A choir and drama club geek. But we all hung together in the “Geek” area. I used to DREAM of being a popular “sociay” cheerleader type, but with my curly “Orphan Annie” hair, and crooked teeth, it just wasn’t meant to be.
But I would not go back and change one day of my high school. I WOULD love to go back KNOWING what I know NOW. That all of the popularity in the world does not make you a compassionate or caring or giving person, necessarily! So popular or Geek, that’s what matters the most!
Were you a geek? What would you go back and change in high school?: