We went to our local small town tree lighting and carol sing on Friday night. The kids all participated with the Scouting group, and when they weren't singing, they ran around with their mates from school.
The lights sparkled and twinkled. The night was cold but clear. The Scouts served hot chocolate. The community gathered and we sang songs.
It kind of felt the way Christmas is supposed to feel.
The way it hardly ever does anymore in these days of consumer madness and rushe. It was nice to slow down and savour the moment.