When our 20 year old son Chris learned he had to work Wednesday-Saturday the week of Thanksgiving, he asked me if we could go somewhere Monday and Tuesday. Chris is a WVU student and they have a weeks' break from classes, but his part-time job in retail called. Of course, I'd love to take an overnight jaunt.
We decided on Oglebay Park in Wheeling, West Virginia, only 75 miles from home and a perfect holiday getaway with beautiful light displays and festivity through the entire park. To our delight, it snowed the night we stayed just the right amount to make for winter wonderland scenery yet safe road travel!
Chris treated me by driving throughout the park and stopping where I could take pictures. The stable animals were beautiful and so friendly. They reminded me of the Christmas carol, "The Friendly Beasts" which describe the animals surrounding Jesus the day he was born.
"Jesus our brother, kind and good was humbly born in a stable rude,
The friendly beasts around him stood, Jesus our brother kind and good."