So this posting is about my walk around the city late this afternoon, centering on the start of the holiday celebration.
First the decorations outside my building's front door have changed from autumn to winter.
I continued walking towards 7th Place wanting to see the new Christmas European Market.
I headed towards Landmark Center to see the tree in Rice Park and found it dark. Thought I had come on the wrong day until I looked at my watch. It was only 5:15 and the tree lighting was at 5:30. It was now so dark that in my head I thought it was 7 PM or so!
I headed over the skating rink which opened today.
Towards 5:30 I headed for the east side of Rice Park. And soon I heard a countdown and the tree lit up, all the other trees in Rice Park lighted, and the fireworks started.
I noticed on my walk that all the restaurants were full -- many dressed in hockey shirts for the later Minnesota Wild game.
Near home I saw a firetruck coming home.
And also another happening in my city this weekend is the celebration of the Hmong New Year. This celebration is expected to include about 20,000 people at River Center.