We decided to try something new this year and crossed over the Cascade Mountains to the very charming Bavarian town of Leavenworth for their 43rd Annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony. But after a relatively lengthy car ride, we needed to stretch our legs and put some wind in our hair. So, down the snowy hills we went. E had a great time in such a huge amount of snow, and repeatedly slid down the hill on her own, as shown above. Then we headed over to the center of town to participate in the huge town lighting ceremony; there were carolers, bonfires, alp horn players, and of course Santa. We all counted down and watched the entire cityscape illuminate! We drive through this town every summer on our way to camping, so it was a nice change of pace to see the streets (although mostly wet today) lined in snowy drifts. It was fun to be with D's sister and her family and I think we had a really successful first family daytrip with N.