Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

For a fantastic free display of Christmas lights, you can't beat the LDS Mesa Temple Garden.  Beginning October 1st, thousands of volunteers hang an uncountable number of lights.  During December, visitors come from all around to enjoy the display and the nightly choir entertainment.

Of course pictures can't do it justice, but I'm going to post some anyway.

There is a nearly full-sized nativity scene to remind us of the reason for the season.

The star over the stable has 10,000 lights.

I particularly liked this little shepherd boy.

The Wise Men came from afar.

There were unusual flowers in the garden.  I believe these are rare multicolored hydrangeas.

And how about these red-eyed susans?

The Temple was the first built in Arizona and was dedicated in 1927.

When you go, don't miss the wonderful display in the visitors center featuring nativity sets from around the world.

They were all wonderful.  Here's one from Mexico.

I think we had something like this German nativity pyramid when I was little.  Is that right, Diana?  Candles are placed in the holders and, when lit, the heat causes the tiers of the pyramid to turn.

I think this one was my very favorite.  It was marked USA, but was obviously a very specific part of our country.

Ron and I wish you all a wonderful holiday season 

and the happiest of New Years.


  1. I agree - the Temple lights are just incredible. Merry Christmas to you and Ron.

  2. I bet that light display is just beautiful in person. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of it. Loved the nativity scenes, reminds us of the reason for the season...as you said.

  3. We've enjoyed the holiday lights at the SLC LDS Temple, as well as the one in Maryland. They sure do pull out all the plugs ... lovely to see.

    Merry Christmas.

  4. Now I know why my lights have been getting dimmer and dimmer since October 1, they're using all the electricity! :cD

    Merry Christmas! Hope to meet you on the road next year.

  5. Merry Christmas to you and Ron Barbara. We had a nativity just like that one that turns due to the heat of the candles...my kids really enjoyed it when we lite it. I've seen other LDS Christmas stuff, never the Mesa Temple, but they do seem to have many things similar to this in various areas around the country. --Dave (GoingRvWay.com)

  6. We had the thing with the candle too, the rising heat made the paddles spin.

  7. Merry Christmas! Yes, I do seem to remember a candle thingy. I always loved it.