Wednesday, December 19, 2012

100 Days of Holidays-Christmas Lights-4 Days & Counting

You've seen me post on my Bucket List about going to see the Christmas Lights in McAdenville-aka Christmastown USA.  It's a small little town in North Carolina made up mainly of small mill houses and gradually shifts towards new homes on one end.  In the very middle is this beautiful pond with a fountain in the center.  The fountain lights up in all different colors and the trees surrounding the pond are all decked out in lights as well.  There is even a Santa Claus blowing snowflakes.  Here's a picture.
 
We also go to a couple's house in Kings Mountain, NC.  The man that owns it, Grady, has hand made Christmas lights and decorations.  I'm not sure of the full history on it, but it is amazing.  There is a circle driveway around the home and he stands at the entrance in a Santa suit handing out candy canes to everyone in each car that comes through.  We usually drive through it twice, but this year we noticed people out walking.  It was actually one of the warmest nights we've had in a while, so we decided to park and walk around too.  Here are some pictures of the lights (and my two kiddos cutting up).

Carousel of horses.  Notice the blur?  My daughter wouldn't stay still long enough for a photo.

Christmas tree in the middle of a gazebo.  The lights flashed with music at this display.  Behind it along the fence line is a Christmas train. 

Church and angels.  To the left of this is a carriage and horses and a manger scene.  To the right is a very tall Christmas tree that has music coming from it.

Scooby Do and Shaggy

Gingerbread men swinging (um, she was a little excited!)

Spongebob and his friend (we don't watch the show so I'm not sure his name).
 
There is also decorations like these of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Cat in the Hat, Toy Soldiers, Santa climbing a ladder to the roof of the house, and so much more! My dad used to take us to see Christmas lights all over upstate South Carolina where we could walk around and I loved it so much.  I wanted to have the same tradition with my kids as well and they seem to enjoy it just as much as I do.  Hubby on the other hand will go to Christmastown, but he leaves the rest to us! 
 
Do you have any annual Christmas lights you go to see?  Do you decorate your own home for everyone to come see?
 
We are getting closer and closer to the big day!  Tomorrow the kids and I plan to stay in our jammies all day, watch Christmas movies while decorating Gingerbread houses and sugar cookies and enjoy the time together.  I'm as anxious as they are!
 
Until next time...
Amy~The Dixie Diva

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