The other night, my family and I drove around looking at Christmas lights, and hit the jackpot in the MacAulay neighborhood off Stumptown Road in Huntersville.  We entered on Hugh MacAulay Road and immediately saw a house and yard decked with lights to put all others to shame, plus a sign asking people to tune in their radios to hear the accompanying music.  We decided to leave this for our grand finale, and kept driving to see other houses and their lights.  Some streets were lighted with all white lights, others were decorated with all sorts of inflatables and mechanical displays – we saw a polar bear on a see-saw with some penguins, and Santa on a see-saw with some reindeer, a carrousel with animals, a Grinch coming out of a chimney, and a stable of Santa’s reindeer.  And then we came across a house that must have a whopper of an electric bill in December, but it was all worth it: beautiful colored lights everywhere!  Next door, their neighbors were trying to keep up, and also had an amazing display of multi-colored lights, including a digital display counting down the days till Christmas (which reminded me that I better start baking and get those last few gifts!!).

On our way out, we parked across the street from the pièce de résistance, and tuned our radio to 87.9.  We watched with glee and amazement as the lights flashed in time with the orchestral Christmas music – fantastic!!  Go see for yourself -- it’ll really get you into the Christmas spirit!

Wishing you and yours the merriest of Christmases and a happy and healthy new year.