Attack of the Christmas Dragons
Last year in late December, I was on a business trip in Wichita, Kansas. Even if I can’t rollerblade or geocache, I do try to get outside and explore places when I’m on a trip. So the week before Christmas, I found myself wandering the streets of downtown Wichita looking at Christmas lights. For the most part, the light entities were expected– toy soldiers, wreaths, lollipops, trees. Then I came across something I thought was pretty unique. A Christmas… Dragon. I snapped a picture of it:
Last week, I visited Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights in Evansville, Indiana. It is a drive-thru display of lights in Garvin Park brought to you by numerous volunteer groups including Easter Seals, Kiwanis, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, National Electrical Contractors Association and local Teamsters. Alone it’s pretty impressive, and with my previous experience, it managed to expose Wichita as not being as unique as I had originally thought:
It turns out the concept of Christmas Dragons isn’t all that outrageous either. A quick Google search uncovers a healthy population. There is a Christmas Dragon play. You can get a Christmas Dragon cross-stitch pattern. One artist uses dragons each year in her holiday cards. And in case you want to lead a class in drawing your their own versions, there is an article on “How to Draw a Christmas Dragon”
How about that? Kansas and Indiana may not sound like glorious destinations, but together they revealed one of mythology’s most fantastic creatures is alive and well… and apparently Christian.