Because our family loves them so much, we make an annual trip to the Mesa Temple to enjoy their amazing display. I don’t know of many other events that don’t charge admission or parking and aren’t selling anything. Even though there are several hundred thousands lights, the display has a simple beauty of an old fashioned, traditional Christmas. It doesn’t hurt that the Temple grounds are beautiful year-round with amazing flower gardens and manicured lawns.
Every year our family loves bundling up and enjoying the Christmas magic as we tour the temple grounds. There is a feeling of excitement in the bustle of the other families doing the same thing. The experience is enhanced by the nightly concerts from December first through Christmas day. The concerts feature a variety of choirs, quartets and orchestras from the valley. I noticed the Roberts Sisters are performing one night, boy were my girls surprised!
There is a life size manger scene as well as other displays of events surrounding the birth of the Savior. Many of the displays have recorded messages in English and Spanish. I love the huge, glowing wise men on their camels. Inside the Visitor’s Center, there is an International Nativity Scene Exhibit. I love seeing the different representations and drool over the collection. I think I need one!
After we’ve seen it all we head back to our car, pull a jug of cocoa and cups out of the trunks, and warm up to a little liquid sweetness. It’s the perfect ending to a totally non-commercial, spiritual Christmas celebration.
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