Monday, December 6, 2010

A Note About Christmas Lights at Temple Square

Salt Lake Temple at Christmas

Many of my Christmas light images, (and spring flower images), are taken at Temple Square.   Several of you have asked "What is Temple Square?",  so I thought I'd better give a brief explanation.  Temple Square is located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.  It is about a city block (I think) and is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  It includes the beautiful Salt Lake Temple, the Tabernacle, several visitors centers, the large Conference Center where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings, church office buildings, plus beautiful fountains, a reflecting pool, and beautifully cultivated gardens.  In the springtime it is glorious with a flower display that will take your breath away, and at Christmas time, the lights are dazzling.  Also, during the Christmas season there are concerts, shows, beautiful scenes depicting the birth of Christ, and an amazing free extravaganza with the Choir and orchestra and always several famous guest artists.  I believe this year I heard on the radio that of the million and a half people who have requested tickets, 85,000 will be able to see the performance this year.  My husband and I saw it several years ago and it was the highlight of our Christmas season that year.  For Christians, Temple Square is a wonderful place to feel the spirit and true meaning of Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

(It's hard to tell in this low resolution image, but I have used some creative effects to make it look a bit more like a painting, and I just made a big print to frame and put on an easel by my fireplace as part of my Christmas decorations.)