1.3_Lumi 2Last Thursday night, December 19th, the last storm we ever expected in Phoenix was a rainstorm. We had in hand  tough-to-get tickets for all of us (six plus a stroller with baby) to spend an illuminating evening enjoying the luminaries, with music too, in the Desert Botanical Garden.

rainy-2183As we drove to the Garden it began to drizzle. By the time we arrived, it was pouring. We could never figure out if the light show was cancelled as there were as many cars leaving as were arriving.

1.3 Lumi_4 headerThe parking attendants, somewhat protected in rain gear,  were guiding the traffic both ways, in and out of the Garden. I waved to one of them, as the rain pelleted my face, and asked, “What do we do?” He said, “Call them tomorrow at 8AM. They will exchange your tickets.”

rain cloudsYup, it was raining torrents. And I got soaked. Umbrellas would not have made a difference. I called right then and left a message. Good thing, because calling in the morning was not a pushover. But they called me, and connected me to the correct agent. I was on hold for thirty minutes to discuss my plight. Finally, once she figured out who I was, I got my money back. But honestly, we were all so disappointed. When will we ever go? Phoenix is far away, and this is a once a year Christmas celebration. I guess our Phoenix family can go sometime, but for Tom and me, nah, won’t happen.

1.3 Lumi_2 headerI had planned to take spectacular night pictures. Now, the only pictures I have to share comes from them.

The Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

As the Desert Botanical Garden celebrates its 75th anniversary, we invite you to join us this holiday season as we bring Las Noches de las Luminarias and Chihuly in the Garden together for 31 fabulous nights.

Each night of Luminaria, the Garden will come to life with the soft glow from more than 8,000 hand lit Luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and Chihuly’s vibrant works of art. As you walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, the sounds of hand bells ringing and Dickens Carolers singing remind you of what the season is all about. Make plans with family and friends to attend this year’s very special Las Noches de las Luminarias.

The bell

The bell

Wishing for your good health and happiness in the New Year.

How was your Christmas Day?

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