|a section of the 500,000 lights at a place in Phoenix, Arizona|
|the moon shining on Christmas Tree Street|
|Christmas on golf carts parading in the desert|
|a tropical Christmas in the desert|
However, unlike the campgrounds we had been in in the past there were not too many RVs that went out for fancy décor. There were, however, simple but nice reminders of Christmas. Lit palm trees were ubiquitous. In 2011 at Orlando Thousand Trails we found a sublime blue-inspired fifth wheel and in Yuma in 2012 we found a very colorful fully bedecked motorhome!
When we had our fill inside the campground, we went out to find the best Christmas lights display of the Phoenix metropolitan area. I found an online map of those places, marked with how many lights were used in each place. We went to the two biggest ones, each of 500,000 lights, one in Mesa and the other in Gilbert, Arizona. Christmas is definitely in the air! And there are displays that are unique to this desert environment.
|bright yellow poinsettias!|
|bright Cheesecake Factory|
|the block party @ Wayne and Val's!|
|what Emmanuel means!|
|the fourth candle of Advent is lit!|