Blogmas Day 22

Today I went to Helen with three of my best friends (be warned, this post is a photo dump!). Helen is a tourist attraction near my house in North GA; it looks like a Bavarian alpine town. I love it, and I’d never been there at Christmastime until today. In the car on the way up, we opened gifts.

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The Christmas Shoppe was closed, but we still took pictures in the sleigh outside.

Next we went into some cute little boutiques.

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Cari and Anna bought some clothes, and Brooke and I looked longingly at the price tags.

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I don’t feel like getting up off the couch and taking a picture of it right now, but I bought a cute little wooden sign that says “Adventure is out there” over a picture of mountains. (It was on sale for $5–my cheapskate self was thrilled.) I don’t really have anywhere to put it right now, but I’m trying to think ahead to decorating a dorm room next year.

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One store had an entire room with things for fairy gardens–we were all thrilled out of our minds!

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We found a restaurant that satisfied all of our dietary needs and went in. We passed lunchtime experimenting with the new make-your-own-sticker feature on Snapchat and laughing hysterically about everything and nothing.

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At this point we had not even made it to Helen’s main street, so we headed down that way.

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All of our outfits somehow coordinated with various shades of gray and dark green.

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We made it out of the Hansel and Gretel Candy Shop without buying anything, which was quite an accomplishment.

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The glassblowing shop is one of my favorites.

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One store had a “Check Your Love Meter.” You paid a quarter, stuck your finger in, and it spit out a number. The highest rating on the list was a 90, which meant “passionate.” I went first and got a 92. I was feeling pretty darn good about myself until Brooke and Cari got 113’s and Anna got a 170. A wasted dollar? Probably. But who cares. It was fun.

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Cari and Anna went on a horse and carriage ride. Brooke and I, again wanting to save our money, wandered around in some other shops.

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It was such a fun day!! When I got home late in the afternoon, I tried valiantly to stay awake, but couldn’t do it. It’s almost 8 pm now, I slept from 5-7ish, and I haven’t eaten dinner yet–I should probably get on that, because not eating definitely worsens things for me. I still have a pretty bad headache, but today was so fun, it’s definitely worth it.

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For at the end of the day, we are all broken people in a broken world. Trying to see the good. Striving for faith. Longing to find some hope. Tear away all the trappings and this is it: an infant child in a dirty manger. This is it: love and grace that covers all. This is it: the marvel of marvels, that He would call us Beloved.

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