MUSHY'S MOOCHINGS: CHRISTMAS – MORE THAN JUST LIGHTS

Thursday, December 14, 2006

CHRISTMAS – MORE THAN JUST LIGHTS

I am back from Alabama and glad to report I had a wonderful time. I saw family I had not seen in quite some time and we shared some good food and fellowship.

I wanted to share one of the most interesting and beautiful sights of the trip. I am not usually one for the commercialization of Christmas, or decorating for that matter, but this story had some real meaning behind the lights that decorated about three acres of Wrights Family property in Spring Valley, a few miles from Tuscumbia, Alabama.

I personally have never seen so many Christmas lights in front of one home before, but I am sure there are those with many more. The story here is that a legend has grown up around this annual display. The false story is told that the family lost a daughter several years ago who loved Christmas, and the family continues to share their love for their daughter and Christmas with their community by spending long hours in preparing this display.

The actual daughter of this family contacted me on Flickr, and told me she is alive and well and that her family simply loves Christmas! I like that much better...don't you?!

My photos (click to make larger), of course, do not do them justice, nor do they give a sense of how many lights and displays are there.

Cars enter the family drive and reverently extinguish their headlights and slowing move up and around the circular drive. It is not necessary, but if you look real close on the left, just in front of the house, you can make a donation toward their power bill!

If you know more about this family and the story of the lights, let me know!

If you are ever in the “Tri-Cities” area of Northern Alabama around Christmas, just ask someone for directions to the Wrights!

10 comments:

Fathairybastard said...

Man, I'm surprised someone hasn't called the cops on them or somethin'. So many people out there with no sense of humor. Is that real snow in Alabama? Shit, I wish it would snow. Slim chance, seeing how it's 80 here. I'm so pissed. A week ago it was in the 30s and I was usin' my fire place. Now I've got a few days off to lay around and it's friggin' 80. Hard to think of Christmas when it's 80.

Fathairybastard said...

Ok, that aint snow. I know dried grass when I see it. Nice pics.

Mel said...

what a lovely thing for the family to do. I love christmas lights but never ever put them up. Used to when my kids were little but not anymore.

Anonymous said...

Oooo, I love those lighted palm trees. I think I need some of those for the front lawn. I can slap 'em right next to my flamingo.

Anonymous said...

I love the Manger scene very nice. Thank You for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I love the Manger scene very nice. Thank You for sharing.

jan said...

With all of the protests against civic displays of Christmas, it's great to see private citizens taking it on themselves to share their joy of the season.

Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

All I can say is wow!

Becky said...

Wow, those are some awesome set-ups there. I saw some like that in sAn Antonio with mannequins and "scenery." They had to have paid people to set that up and it was on two whole blocks.

Paul Mashburn said...

Posted on Flickr under one of the shots:
There's a few things incorrect about this story. It's in Spring Valley near Tuscumbia Alabama not Spring Hill. The daughter did not die. For I am their one and only daughter and I'm alive. I have 2 brothers and they are both are alive also. My parents does these lights every year cause they love doing it and it's there way of giving to others.