Christmas lights bring calm on long drive


My dad has been in a Florence hospital since Dec. 3, so I’ve been driving the hour and a half to visit him and help out my mom. Seeing my dad hooked to IVs and tubes and drains is not how I pictured the holidays.

However, the long, late-night drives home are brightened by the Christmas lights I see between Florence and Huntsville. I mark my journey by the Nativity scenes, the wooden Santas, the three crosses, the glowing reindeer, the flag display and the lighted wreaths.

When I need a break from the hospital, I can drive a couple of blocks to Florence’s Wilson Park, which is transformed into a wintry scene with tons of lights.

A favorite sight in Huntsville is on Sebring Street just off Oakwood Avenue (last photo on the left) ā€“ Santa’s sleigh is pulled by reindeer as Tigger keeps watch. Frosty and his family greet viewers from inside their snowglobe, candy canes line the driveway and snowflakes “fall” from the sky. The delightful scene thrilled by daughter. And it’s nice on my drive home after work.

These photos on the left are of our house. We did the best we could with the short time we had … and I probably love this display more than the years when we had the eaves outlined just so and the two lighted trees standing sentry at the front door.

Somehow this year’s display, though Charlie Brown in its disarray, means more to me than ever.

Check out Huntsville resident Mike Duncan’s incredible display set to music in the video to the left.

Christmas Light Show 2 from Mike Duncan on Vimeo.

6 thoughts on “Christmas lights bring calm on long drive

  1. Ri, the Music Savvy Mom

    I live with a Scrooge who thought we could get away one more year without outside lights, because Liam goes to bed at 7:30ish, anyway, and is never usually outside after dark and so wouldn't see them.(My pleas to do it for me fell on deaf ears. Sigh.)But next year – oh, boy, is he gonna make up for it! lolHope your Daddy gets better soon. Still praying for you all. xoxo

  2. FiFG

    Oh my gosh, those are awesome. Being in Brooklyn you miss out on the huge light displays, so the pictures are great. :)Merry Christmas!

  3. Devilish Southern Belle

    Pretty, pretty lights! I've never had the energy to do outside lights all by myself (and you know I'd have to), so I've never had them. But I might be able to get my kids to help me out with a simple porch display one of these years!

  4. Tiffani Hill-Patterson

    Thanks, DSB. It's about time to take them down now, but it's so cold I think it'll have to wait!

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