Our town’s Christmas lights are enough to satisfy
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

Our town’s Christmas lights are enough to satisfy

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is driving around Cornelius, seeing how our town and our neighbors have decorated their homes.

Just this past week, I watched two of my neighbors climbing ladders and hanging lights. Later that evening, as I drove home from a party, I saw the results of their work. It was well worth all their efforts.

If you haven’t had a chance to see it, drive by the Christmas tree on the parking lot side of the Town Hall. The tree is lovely.

For many years, I’ve looked forward to seeing the decorations on a house I wrote about in December 2009.

The family who lived there started decorating on Thanksgiving day, and after working through much of the weekend, their house was done. They didn’t just have lights, but also had wooden cut-outs, inflatables, and animated characters; a front yard full.

This year, the house isn’t decorated, and, at first, I was disappointed. But after driving around my own subdivision and throughout Cornelius, I’m not sure I really miss it. In my subdivision, there’s an entire home outlined in multi-colored lights. (When they were little, my sons named it the candy house, and the name has stuck all these years.)

A place at the lake has trees covered with blue lights that make an endless reflective pattern off the waters of Lake Norman. I drove by a home that had their lights coordinated to Christmas music.

Several houses had groups of unrelated inflatables, and seeing Mickey Mouse Santa next to a reindeer climbing a cactus is good for a laugh. People in Cornelius are clever enough to make their own white Christmas, demonstrated by the many homes with lighted snowflakes in the trees.

I admit, I have an inflatable Santa, the closest I will get to the white Christmases I had every year growing up in New England.

When my sons were much younger, we put electric candles in every window, and some families have kept up that tradition. I even appreciate the houses with a wreath on every window, especially so because, years ago, I helped one of my neighbors put up all those wreaths.

So I see no need to drive south to that more famous town to see their coordinated holiday lights. The decorations in Cornelius may not be as organized, but they certainly are just as bright and fun, and you can bring your hot chocolate to sip on your drive through town.

Lisa Daidone is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Lisa? Email her at ldaidone@hotmail.com.

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