I am a crazy holiday tradition person. We always go to Turkey Bowling at Parkway Lanes in Allentown on Thanksgiving night, a tradition of our daughter-in-laws family and a great way to burn off all those calories!

Also, my niece, her husband and my great niece Beth, always stay at my house for Thanksgiving, hence we have a new holiday tradition of attending some event in or close to Lehigh Valley to get us in the Christmas spirit.

Last year we headed to Koziar's Christmas Village; certainly a beautiful way to start those holiday feelings. This year we started our day after Thanksgiving taking Beth to the new Cedar Beach Playground. Wow, what a great playground! It has the most creative, fun equipment, even interactive electronic video-like games where you can compete against each other while getting plenty of exercise.

We headed home late in the afternoon to change into warm clothing for our evening adventure, the lighting of the Easton Peace Candle, where there's so much going on, including:

  • Strolling carolers in Dickens' period garb
  • Holiday open houses throughout downtown Easton
  • A brass ensemble and chamber singers on the main stage
  • Ice carvings
  • A petting zoo
  • Old-fashion horse-drawn carriage ridges
  • "Cops & Kids" Christmas Capers (you paint an ornament and get a free mini stuffed animal)
  • Free hard hats given out to kids as they sat upon heavy duty John Deere equipment to have their pictures taken

Santa and his elves arrived at 6:30pm to parade around Centre Square with a toy soldier on stilts and the Uptown Mummer String Band performed holiday music. We even managed to hit The Crayola FACTORY for Family Fun Night; this is where we watched the lighting of the Peace Candle at 8pm ... from the second floor windows. Believe it or not, we were home and in bed by 10pm!

There were many other choices for fun the day after Thanksgiving. What did you do?