I know it is still almost 2 weeks away, but I likely won’t write a blog post next week. So, this will take us to Christmas! I will be updating my Facebook page with events, so make sure to follow there!
Strangely, there isn’t as much going on this week and weekend. Not to say there isn’t anything, but I think most places host their events earlier in the month to leave Santa plenty of time to go back to work and prepare his sleigh! Still, there is PLENTY to keep busy so never fear!
12/12 – Picayune Christmas parade rolls at 6 pm!
12/14 – Pajama storytime at the Slidell library at 10:30 am. This is a special digital storytime for preschoolers.
12/14 – Read with a pup at the South Slidell library starting at 3 pm. Reservations required so call the branch before you go!
12/15 – Visit with Santa at the South Slidell library at 10:30.
12/15-12/26 – Slidell’s Bayou Christmas Fest starting at 6 pm in Heritage Park. Free pictures with Santa (they give you a print copy), lights, food to purchase, crafts, and more! Last year they had rides but I haven’t driven over there lately and there is very little info online.
12/17 – Slidell Movie Night featuring Home Alone in Heritage Park. The movie starts at 7 pm!
12/18 – Caroling in Jackson Square – No, it isn’t in Slidell, but some things are worth a drive! Gates open at 6:30, caroling starts at 7 pm. Candles and song sheets are provided and it is recommended that you arrive early, as they do exceed the capacity of the square some years.
12/21 – Drive in movie at the Slidell libary at 10 am. There is already a waitlist for this event where kids will decorate a cardboard “car” and watch movies but you can add your kids and hope for the best.
There are plenty of light displays to visit between now and Christmas though! Make sure you check out a few of them. I am going to list some, but these are just a few. If you have favorites, please share with me so I can add them to my list!
The Morris Family Christmas Light Extravaganza – Located at 125 Chamale Drive, this is a light show that shouldn’t be missed! The closer we get to Christmas, the busier it gets, so try to go early (and maybe on a week day). The lights come on at 6:30, according to the family. Tune in to 88.5 FM on your car radio to hear the music that accompanies the show.
Miracle on Fulton Street, Harrah’s Casino lobby gingerbread display, Roosevelt Hotel lobby, Royal Sonesta hotel, Canal Street lights, and French Market lights – all in downtown NOLA and all gorgeous.
Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival – starts at 5:30 each night. This one isn’t free, but I watched a little video on it and it looks like it might be worth the $5/person admission fee. The light show is pretty awesome (we saw a portion of it 2 years ago before they started charging admission) and has grown every year! But, the rides do cost extra, as do the concessions. So, maybe not the best deal, price wise.
Celebration in the Oaks – Ok, we all know this is the absolute most amazing light show around. There are no doubts in my mind that this one can’t be beat. It is very much worth the drive to see, if you haven’t been before. However, if I am completely honest, we quit going several years ago. We used to go every year but it seems more crowded each time. There are days during the season that are better than others (after Christmas is the best, crowd wise). And, if you purchase tickets online ahead of time, you will save a ton of time. But, for my impatient twinsies, we just skip the drama and head for the free light shows. Nope, they don’t come close to the amazing-ness of CITO, but we are going to wait until the twins are old enough to discern the difference.
Lastly, I shared a favorite recipe last week and will do it again here. This is not as cheap, but more tasty! And, it is a crockpot recipe so you can put it in and eat when you get home!
My Italian Beef
- 1 beef roast (however big you want, but for anything over 5 lbs, double the rest of ingredients)
- 1 can beef broth
- 1 package Italian Dressing/Seasoning mix
- 1 jar pepperoncini peppers (found near the pickles in the grocery store)
Mix the Italian Dressing mix into the beef broth in the crockpot. Place the roast in and cook on low 6 hours or until it can be shredded easily. Pour the peppers and juice on top and continue cooking 1 hour or longer. Serve on crusty bread (or Zac likes hawaiian rolls). (If I want it to be done when I walk in the door, I put the peppers in when I start it. It turns out a bit more spicy, but wow, it is YUMMY!)