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Merry Christmas Y'all! | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Long break because of vet visits for one of our cats, a huge cold, and decisions to make for the New Year…. The Holiday Season is always extremely busy as far as I’m concerned. What about you?

I wanted to stop to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season though!

There are plenty of holiday events to see around Austin but I missed many of them due to busyness cited above. Texas is wonderfully decorated at Christmas time, and I want to share two things to put you in the mood just before tomorrow (just in case you need a little mood booster ;-).

The first one is a video that I had posted last year, which was filmed in Texas by my husband, 6 years ago, a couple of weeks before Christmas. The little girl singing is the daughter of really good friends. All the decorations were in front of private houses in the Dallas area.

The second one is the illumination of the Zilker Park Christmas Tree.

The “ceremony” of the illumination of the Zilker Park Christmas tree took place on December 1, before the cold front arrived. Yes, we still had days when we would be wearing t-shirts and shorts (**nostalgic sigh**).

[You can click on pictures to enlarge them]

Zilker Park Tree Illumination 2013 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Zilker Park Tree Illumination 2013 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The tree is not a real tree, but almost literally a tree made of lights:

The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs – totaling 3,309 lights. At the top of the tree, a double star measures 10 feet from point to point. The double star displays 150 frosted bulbs. This unique spiral pattern of lights was created by City of Austin electricians. At its circumference, the tree measures 380 feet. The diameter is 120 feet. The base of the tree is made up of 19 utility poles, each 14 feet tall, arranged in a circle around the Moonlight Tower.

A gorgeous sunset preceded the night and the illumination. An orchestra was there to play holiday season songs in a festive and relaxed atmosphere. Something to see next year if you are in Austin!

Zilker Park Tree Illumination 2013 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Zilker Park Tree Illumination 2013 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Zilker Park Tree Illumination 2013 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Zilker Park Tree Illumination 2013 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Zilker Park Tree Illumination 2013 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Zilker Park Tree Illumination 2013 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Zilker Park Tree Illumination 2013 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Zilker Park Tree Illumination 2013 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

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