The sights and the sounds of the holiday season are all around us. Over the weekend Texas Tech kicked the season off with the annual Carol of Lights, and the weather could not have been better. I know personally there have been years we have skipped the event because it was just too darn cold to stand out there for hours waiting for the big moment. Not this year though, the day was warm but as the sunset the air took on a cool, crisp West Texas winter feel, not too warm and not too cold. PERFECT!For those of you who missed the Carol of Lights and are looking for a fun family outing to get everyone in the holiday spirit, might I suggest you head over to the Ranching Heritage Center for their annual Christmas celebration, Candle Light at the Ranch.

For those of you who have never been to the Ranching Heritage Center, it is a museum with a number of historical homes from around Texas. Very, very cool place to go explore any time of year!

And the magic of Christmas, some actors reenacting scenes depicting how families and cowboys celebrated the season during each of the time periods represented by the homes and light the way with candles, and well folks you have a very cool way to spend an evening with your family.

This years event will take place this week, December 7 and 8th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. both nights.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted/

While you're there be sure to stop in at the 6666 Ranch for some hot chocolate or cider, sing along carols with a cowboy band, and a chance to write and send a letter to Santa.  And parents, he even sends a letter back.