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REGGIE PONDER

Light displays big and small brighten Christmas

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By Reggie Ponder
Columnist

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

This year even more than most I seem to have surrounded by Christmas music even before November was over. Christmas music is on the radio, in stores, and in churches. We saw the Albemarle Chorale Christmas program and the Christmas cantata presented by the Currituck Community Chorus.

It has been a wonderful season musically.

Meanwhile some other holiday traditions haven’t been as much a part of this particular season. For instance, I haven’t watched a single Christmas special this year.

But then there are lights.

Wow, have we have looked at lights. That has been one of our holiday hallmarks this year.

We saw the neighborhood lights at Dances Bay in Pasquotank. That was very well done.

As we have the last couple of years we rode down Nosay Road near South Mills and enjoyed the light display there.

Holiday Island in Perquimans also has a few nice displays of lights.

On Sunday we went back to Kill Devil Hills to see the enormous light display there after having not been in a couple of years, and it was just mind-blowing. It was the first time we had ever gotten out of the car to walk around in that wonderland of Christmas lights, natvivity scenes, model railroad villages and relentless festivity. 

Nearly everyone else seemed to be taking the walking tour so we decided that was the way to go and we weren’t disappointed. The detail was breathtaking.

We haven’t made it to Windsor this year — and might not — but I expect to get to the Virginia Beach oceanfront boardwalk this weekend to view the light display there. I understood it has been scaled back from previous years but I am sure it’s still spectacular.

Certainly I enjoy the well-thought-out displays of Christmas lights and I appreciate the planning and hard work people put into them.

On the other hand, I also find it somehow comforting to round a curve on an otherwise dark road to discover a comparatively small array of lights that are notable precisely because of the relative paucity of light in the vicinity.

It always seems like a gift — simple, to be sure, but generous — to strangers and neighbors alike who need a break from a monotony of darkness.

Those kinds of unexpected gifts are an antidote to the awful surprises that also come our way — sickness, loss, news of terror attacks and crime.

And the Best Gift of All came in an unexpected time and an unexpected way.

Merry Christmas!

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