Christmas at the Capitol: Ornament – Advent Calendar, Dec. 14, 2017

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For the past 20 years, a new Christmas Texas Capitol ornament has been created each year. Each ornament is supposed to reflect “an aspect of the Capitol’s building or history.”

This year, the ornament “celebrate[s] a century of holiday trees at the Texas Capitol, showcas[ing] the excitement surrounding the annual delivery and features a coachman, his white steed and carriage, ready to deliver a holiday tree for all to enjoy.”

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Christmas at the Capitol: Senate – Advent Calendar, Dec. 12, 2017

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The Texas Capitol hosts the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives, along with legislators’ offices, and some other offices.

The Senate and the House each have a Christmas tree. Today, we are going to the Senate.

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Christmas Tree, Texas Senate - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Christmas Tree, Texas Senate - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Christmas Tree, Texas Senate - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Christmas Tree, Texas Senate - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Christmas at the Capitol: Gardens – Advent Calendar, Dec. 11, 2017

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This week – yes, the entire (business) week – we’re going to the Texas state Capitol to admire all things Christmas.

Although I posted the illumination of the Christmas tree in from of the Capitol gardens, today let’s take a look at the tree during the day.

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2017 Christmas Tree - Texas State Capitol, Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2017 Christmas Tree - Texas State Capitol, Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2017 Christmas Tree - Texas State Capitol, Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Historic Fredericksburg – Advent Calendar, Dec. 10, 2017

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Today we are going to Fredericksburg, a central Texas city, about 80 miles west of Austin, with a German heritage.

We’re staying in the main street of historic Fredericksburg to see the decorations. I reserve the lighting of the Christmas tree and pyramid for a later post.

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Historic Fredericksburg, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Historic Fredericksburg, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

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Historic Fredericksburg, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Historic Fredericksburg, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Historic Fredericksburg, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Historic Fredericksburg, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Historic Fredericksburg, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Historic Fredericksburg, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Christmas Trees on Loop 360 – Advent Calendar, Dec. 9, 2017

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I’ve posted before about the tradition of decorating Cedar trees as Christmas trees on Loop 360.

This year, I have new pictures of course (second part of this post) but I also have something new: I decorated my own tree!

This is something that I had intended to do last year, but as so many other things I enjoyed then but didn’t have the heart to do last year, it didn’t happen. So this year, I finally created my first Christmas tree on Loop 360. It is dedicated primarily to my kitty Texas, who left us last year, as well as two other French kitties we lost, Grouik and Milou. Thanks to Jody for helping me decorating this tree!

Below the pics of Texas’ tree are pictures of other trees from this year.

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Texas' Christmas Tree on Loop 360 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas' Christmas Tree on Loop 360 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Texas' Christmas Tree on Loop 360 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The Gingerbread Village of the Four Seasons Austin – Advent Calendar, Dec. 8, 2017

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Every year, the Four Seasons downtown Austin creates a gingerbread village for the Christmas season. The village is made of all-edible gingerbread houses under one theme.

I’ve only seen two of their villages. Last year, the theme was children stories and nursery rhymes and it was pretty impressive.

This year, the theme is monopoly, and for the occasion, of course, the city of Austin is the city where the game takes place: Austinopoly! The gingerbread houses represent iconic places in Austin, such as COTA’s tower, or the Alamo Drafthouse.

I absolutely loved it!

2017 Austin Four Season's Gingerbread Village - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2017 Austin Four Season's Gingerbread Village - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2017 Austin Four Season's Gingerbread Village - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2017 Austin Four Season's Gingerbread Village - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2017 Austin Four Season's Gingerbread Village - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2017 Austin Four Season's Gingerbread Village - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2017 Austin Four Season's Gingerbread Village - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2017 Austin Four Season's Gingerbread Village - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2017 Austin Four Season's Gingerbread Village - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2017 Austin Four Season's Gingerbread Village - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2017 Austin Four Season's Gingerbread Village - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Mort Subite, Austin – Advent Calendar, Dec. 7, 2017

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For a little more than a year now, Austin is lucky to have a bar specialized in Belgian beer: Mort Subite. Not only do I love this place, but I liked their simple, but cute Christmas tree, so here it is!

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Mozart’s Christmas Show – Advent Calendar, Dec. 5, 2017

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Today we’re going to Mozart’s Coffee Roasters. This is a well-known coffee shop near Lake Austin.

The place is a really nice place. You can seat outside by the lake, and enjoy a drink, and in December, they cover the place with Christmas lights. It is a must-see at Christmas time… and a very nice coffee shop to stop by anytime.

Here are the pictures I took of the decorations this year. The video in not mine, and was taken on YouTube.

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Mozart's Coffee Roasters 2017 Christmas Show - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Mozart's Coffee Roasters 2017 Christmas Show - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Mozart's Coffee Roasters 2017 Christmas Show - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Mozart's Coffee Roasters 2017 Christmas Show - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Mozart's Coffee Roasters 2017 Christmas Show - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Mozart's Coffee Roasters 2017 Christmas Show - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Mozart's Coffee Roasters 2017 Christmas Show - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Mozart's Coffee Roasters 2017 Christmas Show - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Mozart's Coffee Roasters 2017 Christmas Show - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Mozart's Coffee Roasters 2017 Christmas Show - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Mozart's Coffee Roasters 2017 Christmas Show - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Mozart's Coffee Roasters 2017 Christmas Show - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Mozart's Coffee Roasters 2017 Christmas Show - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Mozart's Coffee Roasters 2017 Christmas Show - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks