One of the traditions that we've added at Christmastime is to make sure we spend some time in the city. We usually plan a holiday shopping trip of some sort before or after vacation, but since Kate is moving into her new apartment this year, we combined the dorm room/apartment move into a weekend of fun. (Amanda stayed the entire time while David and I shuffled back and forth.) So on Friday night, after we loaded the car and made a few trips to the apartment, we headed down to Faneuil Hall to watch the light and music display. Each hour, on the hour, you can to listen to the Boston Pops perform a holiday song while the Christmas tree and all of the lit trees in the corridor dance to the music. We even played tourist and ate at Cheers so we could still see the lights (the restaurant played cool 70s and 80s tunes which seemed out of place at first but was very nice once we started talking and eating).
We saved the day by paying ransom to the Grinch. Amanda loves the Grinch! After dinner, we took a drive through Beacon Hill to see more lights and then dropped the girls off so we could get home to our boys (the dogs!). On Sunday, we hit repeat and did it all over again.