Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Advent Calendar: Christmas Lights

It's the annual Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories!  I've participated the past four years (2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012), but this year, there are some new prompts, and the sequence has changed for some old prompts used in previous years.  For the latter, in some cases I'll simply re-post, while in others, I will link to the older posts, and - when applicable - post about something else that's at least somewhat related.

The prompt for today is:  December 4 – Christmas Lights.
Some families string up a few lights each year while others go nuclear and are destined to force their neighbors into a brown out situation. Did your family put up lights and outdoor decorations around Christmas time? What about the neighbors? And was it a favorite family activity to drive around to look at Christmas lights? What about any local attractions such as parks, zoos and the like which put up displays of lights and outdoor decorations? Write about anything related to Christmas lights and your memories of Christmases past.

As noted in previous years (2009-2011), I grew up with subtle and understated outdoor decorations, and have continued that with my own homeLast year (2012) I wrote about decorations in my town of Granbury, Texas, which puts up displays on the city hall grounds, the adjacent city park, and the nearby newly-acquired Langdon Center, featured in that post.

Lots of small towns in Texas set up massive displays of lights and outdoor decorations - here are some from just a couple towns:

Walkway of Lights on Lake Marble Falls in Lakeside Park in Marble Falls, Texas, December 2010
Christmas display at Hamilton Creek Park in Burnet, Texas, December 2010

The photos in this Animoto video (set to a jazzy instrumental version of "Deck the Halls") were mostly taken at the Walkway of Lights along Lake Marble Falls in Lakeside Park in Marble Falls, Texas; some were taken at Hamilton Creek Park in nearby Burnet.

(Animoto originally posted December 17, 2010)

© Amanda Pape - 2013 - click here to e-mail me.

The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history 24 different ways during 24 days in December! Learn more at

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