Hooray Holiday Display

Our family has been driving past this over-the-top display of lighted figurines each Christmas Eve for years. It is on the way to my parents’ house. We had always looked forward to this eclectric, electric holiday show as part of our Christmas Eve traditions…and then it disappeared.

We were sad that one of our bright spots during the holidays had vanished. We lamented its removal… until several weeks ago. I was driving home from running errands. I stopped at a stop sign and looked left. I could not believe it! There they were! All our beloved characters were in a new location. I immediately texted the good news to my family.

There was the choir in the bleachers.

There were the snowmen.

The Gingerbread Village.

The Dickensonian carolers.

The penguins and the igloo.

Many Santas and snowmen.

Polar bears and brown bears.

The Nativity was separated from the fray in its own display.

All our beloved characters had moved to our county.

Close enough to visit numerous times.

I even braved getting out of my vehicle to photograph the scene.

I hope these folks know how appreciated this yard full of light is to others.

Happy Holidays

Burning Lights and Floating Berries

I spent last night in one of my favorite places on Earth.

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One of my “heavens” is Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.

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It was especially blissful this weekend, because in addition to amazing sculpture and plants, they added MILLIONS of lights.

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The event is called “Nights of a Thousand Candles.”

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The thousands of burning candles were accompanied by millions of lights wrapped around shrubs,  dangling from tree limbs and artfully highlighting the giant oaks and their mystical Spanish moss.

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Candles were floating in glass orbs in the many water features.

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Colorful glass sculptures were lit to make a magical glowing garden.

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Just when I thought I had been dazzled to my heart’s content, I walked into the Brown Sculpture ┬áCourt to be knocked over by the most lovely display of all.

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The central canal contained Poinsettias surrounded by millions of floating cranberries. The color combination was magical.

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My sister and I will be going back next year and taking our parents. This was a dream.

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Not to mention the live music and tasty food. Did I mention model trains?

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Now that folks, is how we celebrate in the south.

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Follow the Flower.