‘Tis the season in Dublin GA for family and friends, for letting nostalgia and imagination take over. It’s Christmastime, the season for lights, merry moments, and memories. It’s the season for helping your fellow man and finding magic in the mundane.
For me, Christmas growing up in Las Vegas, NV was always carefully manicured, with Bing Crosby crooning, hordes of family and presents, my grandfather’s mahogany baritone caressing every line of Oh Come All Ye Faithful, candlelight church services, and the children truly nestled all snug in their beds. It was my dad’s favorite time of year, and the engineer in him intuitively needed everything to be just so. Huge C9 multicolored bulbs perfectly outlined the long silhouette of our ranch style home and were precisely spaced around the cypress trees that stood guard around our home. The desert can be stark at Christmas with deep, dark nights and a cold that is far more biting than most imagine. The empty expanses of navy blue skies made the brightness of Christmas lights even more merry, and how my brother, sister, and I loved finding all the shining displays others would create.
Christmas Lights Time
I instantly fell in love with the softness of white lights, draped evergreen garlands, and red ribbons against the South’s warm architecture in Dublin GA. I still love bundling into a warm car, turning on classic carols, and finding those displays. There’s a magic in the journey.
There’s homes that simply shine, filled to the brim with love by the papa (to many) who has lit the way.
There’s whole scenes to marvel at, where joy in profusion is found at every angle.
There’s the true meaning of Christmas, where neighbors have helped neighbors, and love encircles a cul de sac.
There’s hours of work happily given to make children smile, pushing them to neglect their phones, jump into the back of the truck, and call to the driver to “slow down” so they can experience it more fully.
There’s those houses that each year make us say oh, and ah, and forget all life’s little nuisances and live in the moment.
Whatever this season means to you with whatever traditions you cherish, may Christmas lead you home.
Be sure to put Stubbs Park and Yuletide Glow on your list! Our thanks to Fairview Park Hospital‘s Imaging Center, the City of Dublin, Dublin-Laurens County Recreation Authority, Rhonda Cumpsty, Rusty Henderson, and all the Stubbs neighbors who helped us bring a whole lotta merry & bright to the neighborhood.