There is NOTHING more satisfying-feeling than dragging your friends into your insane vision of wonder ….uh, I mean: creating a fun event for everyone and having them go along with it, then virtually explode with delight. ESPECIALLY at the Howlidaze.
And it TRULY ‘took two to tango’ on this one; ‘cause were it not for friend Susan finding the Coveted Sleigh Ride, we’d be back at square one with my annual ‘let’s go LOOK AT LIGHTS’ idea – which, of necessity, involves one driver not getting the ultimate experience.
But yup, Susan found the Horse and Sleigh, figgered that if 6 of us went the cost would reduce to $25pp, and we went and ran with the idea (…or, in this case, rode with it….)
‘Twas also Susan’s idea for the Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Schnapps beforehand – and she EVEN remembered the whipped cream! OH what heaven: I am NOT a peppermint fan I will be blogging on Peppermint next year*), but found myself a convert to the combo, with the ‘served on the car hood’ feel especially unique and appropriate:
The night ‘twas clear, crisp but not freezing, no wind or rain – just PERFECT. As the sleigh drew up, decorated with lights, one lone voice from the Peanut Gallery (a.k.a. Bill) piped up for an astoundingly typical memorable comment: “Is there a BATHROOM on board???”
With no further ado (and one lost glove via Bill) we were OFF.
Clippity-clopping down the suburban streets of Novato alongside the rush hour SUVs, we got met with as much excitement as the more-famous (but vastly overdone) Sandy Claws. Small children oohed and aahed and rushed out to give us Candy Canes. Calls of ‘Merry Xmas’ from dogwalkers and parents abounded. We even espied Character Pajamas (…Heidi…) in abundance! (…NOW you know what you can do with those holiday character pjs! Gofindasleigh and greet it!)
Wrapped in triple layers of jackets, gloves, scarves and hats and one of us (…who shall be unnamed: guess whoo) with pjs under his clothing, we were toasty. (A leopard-skin blanket was provided and I could just see Susan mirroring my covetous thoughts about it. OK PETA, I admit to a bit of subliminal Animalskin Envy…)
We saw AMAZING yard scenes – all at a leisurely clip(clop):
But any of you who know my penchant for the recently-resurrected Xmas Penguin will realize how HEAVENLY I felt at the repeated sights of Holiday Penguins.
March of the Penguins had NUTTIN on this display:
Indeed, I was Diane in Wonderland:
And even The Grinch discovered wonder at the amazingly insane Holiday House, where EVERY ROOM was PACKED with holiday decorations:
Myself, I totally appreciated the whimsy peppered in with the Traditional Xmas Imagery:
As we clipclopped back, the horses became a tad agitated. Perhaps the steady influx of candycanes from the kids wasn’t on their diet plan; or maybe they just were sick of Diane’s steady screams (“LOOKAT THE PENGUINS!!!!!!!!!!!!AAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!”)
At any rate, this MADE the holiday season – THANK YOU SUSAN for discovering the Horse-Drawn Sleigh. (Through suburban Novato, a.k.a. SUVland: WHO woulda figgered it???)