I got this wonderful idea from Beryl Young.  She posted a holiday scavenger hunt to be done through the camera lens.  The challenge?  Find 31 different items and using your camera capture the item.  Shortly after receiving the list I began checking items off my list.  The biggest challenge she thought would be to find figgy pudding.  Fortunately, Raun and I attended a Medieval Feast and I had the photo taken care of.  After looking at the list I think there will be other challenges ahead.  In honor of Christmas and the holiday season I want to share the videos and photos I have so far.  Merry Christmas to you all!  I hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday filled with laughter, joy, and love.
Here is what I am still looking for
an adult sitting on Santa’s lap, a real snowman, a Christmas stocking hung over a fireplace, a couple kissing under the mistletoe, someone helping a stranger or donating to charity, someone stringing popcorn, a toy shop, someone with a shaving cream Santa beard, a pet dressed for the season
This is what I have found so far
a wreath with a big bow, Rudolph, an ornament, a snowflake, an angel, a gingerbread house, figgy pudding, nativity, North Pole, coal, Christmas lights on a business building, a candle, chocolate santa, sleigh bell, electric train, a Christmas tree that is not my own, a star, a holly leaf, a wrapped gift, a group of carolers (see video), a partridge in a pear tree or any of the 12 days of Christmas (see other video)
A Group of Carolers.  The best I could find-we saw them while in Stockholm, WI)


A partridge in a pear tree (or any of the 12 days of Christmas).  Here is a video of the song being sung and someone acting it out that we took while at the Medieval Feast.



Last weekend Raun and I had a fun mini weekend getaway.  We got in a little holiday shopping during Pepin & Stockholm’s Holiday Festival, went to a Medieval Feast, and enjoyed a beautiful snow covered tree backroad road trip back home.

On Saturday we headed to Pepin, Wisconsin to take in the shops and get set up at the Inn we stayed at for the night.  We headed to Stockholm, Wisconsin to take in more shopping and a little bit of pie for lunch.  Later in the evening we began our trek up the hill to Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery for the feast.

I say trek because while taking in some down time at the Inn it had begun to snow.  By the time we went to the feast there was a considerable amount of snow on the ground.  The first try up the hill lead us to slipping, slidding, and then not moving at all.  So we headed out of town and tried another way up to the top of the bluff.  Eventually, we arrived safe and sound ready to feast.

The whole feast was a fun experience.  There was good food, good company, live entertainment, and learning about what truly is wassail.  Some of the highlights, other than the food, included…When we first walked in we were given hats.  The person handing out hats looked at Raun and exclaimed “you look like a wizzard!”  I ended up with a princess hat.  Any time anyone said “wassail!” the response was an enthusiastic “drink ale!”  Lastly, the end of the night with a ginormous bonfire.  It was beatiful!  Surrounded by fresh fallen snow, snowflakes filling the air, the warmth of the fire, and the beauty of the sparks mixed with falling snow.

We ended our weekend with the drive back home.  The drive was amazing.  There was something, almost magical, about the way the snow looked on all the trees.  The sky was a bit on the gray side, but it made the white snow pop.  It was beautiful.

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