Christmas Time Is Here?

by Sarah on December 5, 2010 · 9 comments

Yesterday was the annual Holiday Sing-a-Long and Downtown Stroll.Yes, I found yet another reason why Austin just might be my destiny: a city-wide gathering at the steps of the capitol building to sing Christmas carols? Umm…yes, please. Interestingly enough, I wasn’t really feeling super Christmas-y…probably because I was wearing shorts and flip-flops for most of the day.Yes, folks. It did reach 80 degrees yesterday afternoon. My toes were happy…even if my sense of seasonal time was completely thrown off course. Is this December?I had planned a blogger meet-up at Little City Espresso Bar & Cafe followed by singing and strolling along with the rest of downtown Austin.

OK, that was a lie. Caitlin planned the meet-up. I just planned on attending.[Throughout the day, I kept thinking to myself, “Why are my photos so darn fuzzy, even in such brilliant lighting? I just figured out today that my ISO was set for something crazy, rather than the automatic I normally have it on. Do I know what ISO means? Not a clue. I think something with shutter speed though, based on how the darned thing was acting. It’s probably time for me to learn how to use my fancy camera, huh?]


Sadly for me, I developed a strange exhaustion-like headache mid-afternoon, but I decided to push through and try to meet the girls anyway. Since I headed there super-early because of road closures and potential parking difficulties due to the Holiday Stroll, I had a nice walk and opportunity to snap some photos of the downtown holiday preparations…
[I’m still not sure I get what the balloons were all about. But they were awesome.]

[Even the statues were dressed up for winter.]

[This sign cracked me up, because it put in my mind visions of lots and lots of babies being rolled along in strollers shaped like sleighs with jingle bells, tinsel, and perhaps blinking lights.]
[The Austin Holiday Stroll is an equal opportunity celebration.]

And of course, it’s not an Austin event….…without a farmers’ market.I had to physically restrain myself from grabbing all of these bags of kettle corn and sitting down in a pile of delicious salty sweetness.After all, I had bloggers to meet.:) Off I went to Little City, which had a screen set up for the stroll…when I left later on, there was a reel of holiday “home movies” playing. It was amazingly kitschy and nostalgic [read: I loved it.].As soon as I walked into the coffee shop/espresso bar/restaurant, I started snapping photos……which how Alyson was immediately able to spot me. [“Are you a blogger?” Gee, did my incessant camera flashing give it away?]Because of my aforementioned stuffy-headedness, I settled on a yummy sounding Mighty Leaf Ginger Twist tea. [I do intend to return for food sometime…they have a “Raspberry Pepper” Salad that features crushed dark chocolate! I know, right?]
As y’all know, I am usually a devoted coffee drinker, but this tea really hit the spot. I do obsess about ginger sometimes…and this did help clear my head so that I could carry on a somewhat lucid conversation.
I fear I might not have been a “spunky” as usual, but it was a lot of fun to re-meet or finally (!) meet some bloggers who I had met before or had been reading for awhile and felt like I knew.A very tall man wearing a Santa hat took a photo of Caitlin, Alyson, me, and Lindsay.
And Caitlin brought us all presents! Super-cute packaging…
…for super-cute gifts! Homemade personalized mini-composition books (with our blog names on them…perfect for jotting down food reviews, recipe ideas, or grocery lists?) and crafty cloth coffee-cup sleeves that she made herself!

Clearly you will be seeing Caitlin’s offerings on Etsy soon.

Since I was still feeling sort of crummy, I didn’t think standing outside in the now-slightly-chillier weather would be the best plan (even if I would have been able to sing holiday songs with a huge number of random Austinites wearing Santa hats and fake reindeer antlers), so I headed home for a low-key evening. I did try to capture the effect of the lights downtown for you…

…but I failed somewhat in that regard.

[You will be happy to know that I am feeling better today, and the temperature has returned to a still odd, but more acceptable for December, 60ish degrees. I had to wear jeans and a long-sleeved shirt today. I did still wear flip-flops.]

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Amanda (Eating Up) December 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Ahh I love hearing about things going on in Austin! :-)

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Maria @ Oh Healthy Day December 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Glad you are feeling better!

I am always amazed by how cool Austin is. My coworker used to live there and she won't let me mention the name Austin in front her or else she'll burst into tears.

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Lindsay and James Cotter December 5, 2010 at 7:34 pm

oh great pictures, hehe! I wish I would have gone to the farmers market. Oh well, next time.
So great hanging out with you ladies. And youre right, Austin is your destiny. Love this town!
LC

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Lindsay and James Cotter December 5, 2010 at 7:34 pm

oh great pictures, hehe! I wish I would have gone to the farmers market. Oh well, next time.
So great hanging out with you ladies. And youre right, Austin is your destiny. Love this town!
LC

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Lindsay and James Cotter December 5, 2010 at 7:34 pm

oh great pictures, hehe! I wish I would have gone to the farmers market. Oh well, next time.
So great hanging out with you ladies. And youre right, Austin is your destiny. Love this town!
LC

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Lindsay and James Cotter December 5, 2010 at 7:34 pm

oh great pictures, hehe! I wish I would have gone to the farmers market. Oh well, next time.
So great hanging out with you ladies. And youre right, Austin is your destiny. Love this town!
LC

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free December 6, 2010 at 8:10 am

How fun!!! Those are wonderful pictures!!!! I need to spend Christmas in Austin next year, too, so I can see all those wonderful decorations!

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Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life December 6, 2010 at 8:11 am

Need to feel Christmas-y? Come visit NC- 20 degrees right now, and it SNOWED this weekend. Fabulous for cozy movie watching by a fire :)

And I don't know how you passed up kettle corn. You're stronger than I am!

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melissadishes December 6, 2010 at 9:33 am

great photos! I've never heard of that place or that event! Shame on me!!!

LOVE Austin during the holidays!

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