Now that Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the turkey are all history, it is time to turn our attention to Christmas.
The best part of Christmas for my family has always been the Christmas lights.
We spent hours when our boys were little riding around looking at Christmas lights. Some of our best Christmas memories include lights. There was a home on Arrowhead Trail that was covered in lights from the roof to the foundation. Outside, rain or shine, hot or cold it seemed, every night until Christmas Eve was a live Santa Claus who gave away candy canes and matchbox cars.
Ronnie and Scotty loved going to see the real Santa.
Their other favorite was a home at the end of Feagin Mill Road that stacked painted hay bales into a snowman. Scotty would ask to go see the big man.
Then there was a neighborhood off of Houston Lake Road where the traffic would back up as people rode by the home of the Light Man.
Even before I had my boys, I have been enamored by Christmas lights. I spent my teenage years putting out luminaries in Leisure World and riding by the house on Cherokee Drive where a Christmas tree spun around slowly and there was a giant sleigh in the yard.
I love Christmas lights. So now that the Christmas season is officially upon us, it is time to have the annual Best Lights in Houston County contest.
I have been doing this for years, and the rules are simple. If you want your house considered for the Best Lights award, email me or call with your address, so I can ride by and check your lights out. Of course, you can nominate a friend or neighbor as well. My family rides around and chooses what we think are the best lights in Houston County. We will print the list here in a couple of weeks.
Along with riding around here at home, our family makes a trip every year to Callaway Gardens to the biggest light show around.
Fantasy in Lights has about 8 million lights stretching for more than five miles, divided into holiday scenes that feature music. I love the whole drive, but my breath gets taken away every year by the Snowflake Valley section which has thousands of white lights and transports you straight to a winter wonderland.
Before or after your ride through Fantasy in Lights, there is Robin Lake where the Christmas Village awaits. There is plenty of shopping, Santa Claus is there for the kids and an array of food choices is as dazzling as the lights.
There are also two scenes on Robin Lake Beach near the Christmas Village that are both narrated, Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Nativity. They each last about 10 minutes.
Ticket prices for Fantasy in Lights range depending on the night and the age group, but children 5 and younger are always admitted for free. Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain. For more information about Fantasy in Lights, visit www.callawaygardens.com or call 1-800-CALLAWAY.
Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.