We went to December Nights for the first time this year after having lived in San Diego for five years. I know so many people who love it, and I wanted to love it too, I really did, but what I have come to realize is that I love my city most when I kind of have it to myself. I mean, I love Christmas lights and caroling just as much as the next person, and I enjoyed seeing Balboa Park all decorated up, but it was hard to even walk through it with all the people crammed together and the sausages being sold around every corner. We found a little spot to hide amongst the crowds, enjoyed a guy playing his guitar and singing Christmas songs, and shared a hot beverage. Then we biked back home. As I ran through Balboa Park from my house the next morning with the sun shining through the cool crisp air, surrounded by a few other early risers, I found myself appreciating the beauty of the park once again.