I have to be honest … when I think about ‘a lightning parade’ I think of Fantilussion at Disneyland Paris or the Electrical Parade in Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom.
Here in Belgium, we have our own kind of lightning parade around the holiday season. As I live on the countryside and not in a big city, we here have a TRACTOR lightning parade every year.
Tractors (old and new ones) covered in lights, 1000 of lights.
Tractor Lightning Parade @ Werchter, Belgium
So yesterday evening, we here had a tractor parade in the small village of Werchter. A parade over a few villages, and a party after the parade.
Year after Year, I really wanted to go and see all those lights in real life.
As you know I have autism, so I was always to scared to go. All the different lights, all the noices, all the different music playing at the same time, too much people, cold, waiting while surrounded by 100 or more people.
I want to go, I want to go, I’m not going, I’m not going … OKAY I’m going
So yesterday, I had planned to go and see all the tractors. During the day, I was constantly thinking ” I’m going, I’m going not, I’m going, I’m going NOT “.
I was kind of horrible having all those different ideas during the day. In the morning I had do do some grocery shopping and I was so stressed out by all the lines in the stores, all the people … that I needed some time alone.
Around 3pm I made up my mind and decided to go and see all the tractors mysefl (instead of seeing pictures from everybody on Facebook).
Tractor Lightning Parade it is !
I took my iPhone, extra charger, scarf, warm jacket and gloves and joined my brother to Werchter, to see all the tractors. Yess, if you are a farmers daughter you still have some little thing about tractors.
Maybe for most of you it’s not the right combination of beeing a lifestyleblogger (fashionblogger in future) and blog about seeing some tractors. For me it’s a good combination. As I’m moving out of this farm in a few months, the love for tractors I take with me.
As you know … NO LIFE WITHOUT FARMERS 😉
The last few days I kind of lost the magic of the Christmas season. I guess it came because we had early snowfal in December and now it’s so dark, warm and rainy outside.
But I have to admit, yesterday evening I felt the whole Christmas spirit again.
I still have friends with tractors, kind of like the song of Rodney Attins is about me
Friends with tractors – Rodney Atkins
Let’s go and see some tractors.
Some of the tractors were so beautiful decorated, other had just the basic lights.
More tractors, and more tractors to come
I’m so sorry for all the overload of tractors right now, and sorry for the not great quality but I’m saving money to buy a camera 😉 so now I only have my iPhone
After all the tractors where leaving in Werchter, we went to see the real parade on the street somewhere in an other city (village).
We drove a few minutes, and waited there in Tremelo (the city where Father Damian lived, sorry for the historylesson).
We waited a few minutes till the parade arrived. Now we saw the whole parade and not only the tractors, and the leaving part of the parade.
As I have an Iphone to take pictures, I didn’t took pictures during the parade. I knew that they were all not going to be great and beautiful. So I filmed the whole parade.
Okay, you might find this all boring, and I can understand. If I had lived in a city or in another country I wouldn’t be there yesterday. It’s something for a country(farmers)girl like me.
Because of all the tractors, I will only share the whole parade if you want to see it so badly 😉 Please leave a comment, if you like to see the movie I took last night with all the tractors passing on the street.
One thing I didn’t like, was that there were tractors without christmas music. It would be better and funnier to watch if all the tractors were playing a Christmas song like before the start in Werchter.
A girl with autism and this ?
Well, it was a hard time beeing there. That’s TRUE ! OMG, all those lights, ,different lights, all the colors, all the people, all the different kind of music … AND that all at the same time. It was kind of the nightmare I was scared for, and it was true.
Here’s a little movie I took with everything around me. I felt like a psychco, and feeling to get crazy standing there !
This was the moment before the parade started.
I had a great time yesterday evening but it was also a big nightmare for me with my autism. So today I had a very bad morning. So much pain, so much emotions, not really wanted to wake up and do some stuff.
Okay, let me be clear ! This was a once in a lifetime event for me. If I want to go back next year, please hold me and lock me up ! It was so beautiful but not worth all the pain I felt all day.
So no, I will not go back next year. I will stay at home, comfy and cosy in my PJ’s and watching a movie.
So this was #blogmas 23 of yesterday and a Christmas tradition here in Belgium.
Hope it was okay to see all the tractors. I can totally understand if you hated it.
Love Lucy xx
Please note … I’m so sorry for all the tractors in this blog !