Very Special Neighborhood Holiday Decorations

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I live in a very suburban neighborhood that sits near the downtown area of a mid-sized city in North Carolina. It’s been a great place to raise kids and make a life, and as we’ve gotten older, my husband and I have decided that we want to retire in this house and this area.

The location is within walking distance of schools, churches, and stores and there are sidewalks in most places. Homes and yards are neatly kept, large old oak trees make it a very green area, and the neighbors are great.

christmas_ballsChristmas time, though, is when my neighborhood shines most brightly. I mean that in both a very literal and very metaphorical way.

The literal part is based on an amazing light display that was invented by someone in the neighborhood, caught on with the neighbors, and has spread all over it.  It’s now being picked up by people in other places because it looks so astonishingly beautiful and is surprisingly easy to do.

Lighted tree balls are made from chicken wire shaped roughly into a ball or tube shape and strung with lights.  But the thing that makes them amazing is that they are hung high in those tall trees. After dark, they seem to float in the air. With a whole neighborhood’s worth of them surrounding you, it feels like you’re in a fairyland.

Unfortunately, they don’t photograph well. I know a number of people who’ve tried to get pictures of them, including myself.  I’ve linked to a Youtube video below that tells the story of how they got started and gives some idea what the neighborhood looks like this time of year.

Courtesy of Greensboro News & Record

Courtesy of Greensboro News & Record

There are many wonderful features to this display, including the way neighbors come together to put them up and the beauty created, but perhaps the best one is this: the display is used as a way to collect food for the hungry. Stations are set up around the neighborhood to collect canned and packaged goods to support various ministries in the city. Check out the blog link below for an update on how much has already been collected this year.  There are also some much better pictures of the lights on the blog post.

Neighbors like these make me proud to be a part of the Sunset Hills neighborhood.

The promotional note:  I have just re-released one of my books formerly published by Avalon Books as an ebook. I’ve re-edited and updated it a bit, but kept the basic story the same. If you’re looking for a fun Christmas story with mystery and light romance, BLUE DECEMBER should work for you.

Blurb: It’s two weeks before Christmas and Meg Brandt, a department manager at Wambash’s, “the store with the answer to all your family’s needs,” has problems beyond the usual seasonal chaos. Her department is losing cash from the registers. Inventory is leaving the premises unrecorded and unpaid. Security is focusing on her, since the losses are happening on her watch. Her efforts to track down the source of the disappearances have produced no results, and her career appears to be headed for oblivion. When the store’s new security officer starts showing unusual attention to her, Meg isn’t sure what to think. He’s attractive in any number of ways, but she can’t be sure if his interest is personal or professional.

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31 Responses to Very Special Neighborhood Holiday Decorations

  1. Sounds like a beautiful neighborhood. I love looking at all the light displays. So pretty!

  2. Jen B says:

    The tree lights sound wonderful, and so beautiful.

  3. Loretta Sullivan says:

    Blue December sound like a great holiday read. Many, many years ago I saw Christmas Eve luminaries for the first time in the town lived in and have loved them ever since.

  4. Melanie says:

    Sounds absolutely amazing!

  5. Natasha says:

    Sounds magical!

  6. Blue December sounds like a great holiday read 🙂

  7. Daniel M says:

    sounds great happy holidays! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  8. Piroska says:

    I love walking through the neighbourhood, on a snowy night, looking at the beautiful lights and displays.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  9. Kathy Detweiler says:

    One of our Christmas traditions is to go out and look at the neighborhood Christmas lights. It just wouldn’t feel like Christmas if we didn’t do that.

  10. Dawn says:

    Great lights in some neighborhood in SC….I enjoy them…Christmas Blessings

  11. Kim Pinch says:

    I would love to see the lights. Thanks for the giveaway, can’t ask for more than chocolate and books.

  12. Trix says:

    Those are beautiful! Have a wonderful holiday…


  13. Cheryl Rogers says:

    This sounds like the perfect way to enjoy the holidays and winter!

  14. Tanya Guthrie says:

    Oh my gosh, that looks/sounds like an awesome place to live! Almost like it came from a story. Thanks for the chance, and happy holidays! My email is Tanyamarieward(at)Hotmail(dot)com

  15. Holly Letson says:

    Those are so pretty. Wish they had them ’round here.

  16. Jessica Parent says:

    All the lights is one of my favorite things about Christmas! Thank you for the chance.Merry Christmas!

  17. Hope Mitchner says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I wish I could walk through all the lights. Merry Christmas.

  18. Marnie Ward says:

    Consider yourself luck to live in a wonderful neighborhood and have great neighbors. Having a good relationship with your neighbors make you r life so much easier.

  19. Lisa Walker says:

    It sounds like a great read! Merry Christmas!
    liese1235 at gmail dot com

  20. Jean White says:

    Your book sounds fantastic. It is on my list to buy if my Amazon Christmas card is large enough. Happy Holidays.
    Jean dot White53 at yahoo dot com

  21. Judy Schechter says:

    The lights are beautiful! That’s one of my favorite parts of Christmas, driving around seeing all the pretty lights in my neighborhood!

  22. Ally Swanson says:

    Wow your neighborhood sounds lovely! Unfortunately, I live in an apartment complex so I can’t put up these awesome lights, but one day when I buy a house I will totally have to try this! Happy Holidays! Thanks,

  23. Judy Gregory says:

    These are beautiful. My brother and his family used to live in a sub-division where all the houses decorated and only used white (clear) lights.

  24. Kim T. M Hall says:

    i love chocolate i also love to look at Christmas lights on peoples houses

  25. Ashley Kolpak says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! Happy Holidays!

  26. heather kaufman says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Sherry Compton says:

    You can’t go wrong with chocolate at Christmas

  28. bn100 says:

    Sounds nice

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  29. Alisha Sienkiel says:

    I love looking at Christmas lights! Thanks for the giveaway!
    sienkiel1821 at yahoo dot com

  30. Shadow says:

    Hi! Happy holidays! Thank you all for the fun!! Hope you have a blast with your family! Sounds awesome! Fantastic blurb! Im with ya, i love looking at lights. Its one of my favorite things to do. 🙂 Thank you!