The Holiday Traditions Of Waukesha, Wisconsin

The Holiday Traditions Of Waukesha, Wisconsin

There's nothing quite like the way Waukesha glows during the holiday season.
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It's that season again, the season of putting up the tree, buying all the presents and, of course, getting lit. While everyone in just about every town spreads their holiday spirit, there's nothing quite like the way Waukesha, WI glows up for the holiday season.

After Halloween has passed our beloved Lifeway cow, Gertrude, takes her witch hat off and everyone starts preparing for the for the day after Thanksgiving when she starts to rock her Santa hat. Once Gertrude is in the Christmas spirit, everyone else is ready to deck the halls too!

The early December holiday season kicks off with the Waukesha Christmas Parade. Here you'll see the friendly faces of all the community club members, including the high schools' dance teams and band/ color guard. The holiday parade is the place to enjoy and appreciate what different members in our community do. It Is also just a fun time, until it's too cold to feel your toes.

While driving late at night to check out all of the Christmas lights, take a drive down Emslie Lane — or just about any neighborhood with light posts outside — to see the lit-up snowmen heads at the end of every driveway.

The CP Christmas train is a special gift that costs nothing to see. The train lights up and passes through many cities in the Midwest, including Waukesha, grabbing many people's attention. Once the train has people's attention, it accepts donations of nonperishable food items and more for the food banks across the Midwest.The train is the longest rolling food bank and provides entertainment and help for a good cause. So, when you see a train that looks like the polar express, be sure to consider making a difference and helping your local community.

Downtown Waukesha is always filled with Christmas spirit. This time of year, People's Park is where it's at. Once you see the green and red balloons outside the door, you already know they're blasting the Nora Jones Christmas album inside. The artwork on the walls has also changed from the "usual" to snowmen and snowflakes and Santa. The workers themselves are like Santa's little elves, wearing Santa hats as they deliver you the precious gift of their weekend brunch specials.

The holiday drinks at The Steaming Cup are back! They're like a dessert, a drink and a work of art with all of their colorful sprinkles, whipped crème and latte designs. While you're enjoying your coffee, take a peek out the window to see the magical horse-and-carriage, or take a ride downtown yourself.

When the temperature really starts to drop, Main Street will fill up with ice sculptures sculpted by residents of Waukesha themselves. The sculptures last just as long as Waukesha's winters do, which is a long time so there's no excuse to not see them!

Downtown Waukesha is known for its special themed runs and the holiday season has its famous 5k Santa Run. The 5k starts at Taylor's People's Park, takes you down Main Street, Frame Park, and over the Fox River. The run awards prizes for best costume and seasonal theme, so you better believe you'll see just about every one of Santa's elves, reindeer and the big man in the red suit — times 100! While the race is a 5k in the cold Wisconsin weather, which can be rough, it is still a fun time for all ages and an experience of a lifetime.

Finally, the biggest holiday tradition Waukesha has is visiting the Country Christmas Light Show, which just so happens to be Wisconsin's largest drive-thru holiday light show. This year will be the 21st year of Country Christmas, proving the holiday season in Waukesha is LIT! (pun extremely intended.) Just to get a feel of what this experience is really like, I'll tell you there are five themed sections including: Christmas village, Country Christmas trail, Streets of Bethlehem, Prairieville, old time Waukesha and, of course, Barevillie, which is a personal favorite (it has hidden bears for your carload to count up throughout your drive — I won’t tell you the number of bears there are, you'll just have to find out for yourself!).

At the end of the mile long course, your car will reach a 200-foot-long tunnel of 30,000 lights, and while this may give you an extreme headache or even heart attack, it's something you won't want to miss seeing.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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Forget Halloween, Christmas Time Is The Season We Should All Be Getting Ready For

Everyone is spending their time getting spooky, but I'm spending my time getting ready to be merry.

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If you were to ask me what my favorite time of year is, I would say, without a doubt, my favorite time of year is Christmas time. It's a beautiful way to remember Jesus' birth, there are so much joy and happiness in the air, and it's so much fun to give people presents! With all the fun times that await me every December, it's almost impossible to wait for all of it to happen.

My solution to this problem? I don't wait!

When June rolls around, I already start preparing for Christmas. I know, that sounds a little bit crazy. Okay, maybe a lot crazy. But I go all out for my Christmas decorations and presents, so I need to start early!

This year, and I'm not kidding here, I started my shopping for Christmas presents for my family and friends in August. I plan out where my decorations are going to go in my dorm and in my house. And, when I need the occasional dose of cheer in my life, I'll blast my Spotify Christmas playlist, even when the Arizona sun is blazing outside and there's not even the slightest hint of winter.

Now that Halloween is just around the corner, my anticipation for Christmas has tripled. We're only two months away!

It's nearly in sight! If I'm being completely honest, my patience is starting to wear out. Not only am I excited for the Christmas season itself to start, but I'm also ready for the semester to be over. Christmastime means that I don't have to work on papers and take exams anymore, and I get to spend my time relaxing and enjoying the happiness of the season with my family and friends.

I'll get to remember the beautiful story of Jesus coming down to Earth to ultimately trade His life for ours. I'll get to spend nights decorating the Christmas tree, blasting Christmas music, watching Christmas specials, and eating way more cookies and candy than any human being should. I get to wake up Christmas morning with a feeling of anticipation knowing that, for twenty-four whole hours, I will get to fully immerse myself in the happiness of Christmas and the joy it brings to my whole family.

Yes, Halloween is great. My friends and I have a trio costume planned for this year, I love eating obscene amounts of candy, and I enjoy the rush of adrenaline that comes with getting scared. But Halloween doesn't fill me with the warm and fuzzy feeling that only Christmas can. I can spend my nights watching Sam and Dean Winchester as they fight monsters all across the Midwest, but that can never replace the happiness I feel as I watch Scott Calvin take up the mantle of Santa Claus (that's my favorite Christmas movie, by the way). Halloween is a time of monsters and fear, but Christmas is a time of God's blessings, hope, and joy, and I'd much rather take that over a pillowcase full of candy.

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