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Christmas 2008 – At Home in Houston

True Confession from the “Traveling Chemist”: It sure is great not having to travel over the Christmas Holiday!! I get to stay home, take care of chores and hang out at the mall. Sounds boring I know but after a year of being on the move, I have no complaints!

Here are a few of the sights in and around the Houston metropolitan area:

(1) An increasing number of homes have these inflatable figures on the front lawn. (One problem: criminals sometimes vandalize these ballon figures leaving behind a deflated mess and some very disappointed young children.)


(2) This weekend (Saturday, December 20th) I ventured to Sugar Land, TX and took in the First Colony Mall – one of the largest in the Houston area:

The Sugar Land City Hall building all decked out for the Christmas Holiday.

The Santa at the First Colony Mall was prefectly dressed for the part!

The main entrance to the First Colony Mall. It took me only about 20 minutes to drive to the mall from my apartment …. and ten (10) minutes to find a parking space!!! When I left at 12:45 pm, the parking lot was full and more cars were streaming in!