It wouldn’t be Christmas without pilling into the car on a cold night to drive around and look at the holiday lights. There is something magical about houses all a-glow. No matter how old you are, you feel like a kid again when you see twinkling decorations on porches and in front yards.
We would occasionally drive around aimlessly, but more often than not we had an agenda. No matter where you live there is always that house, or that neighborhood, that goes all out. They deck the halls to the nines and you can’t wait to see what they’ve done this year.
In Easley, SC that must-see attraction is Tiny Town.
Visitors from far and wide venture to look at the displays, sit by the fire, and drink hot chocolate. Tiny Town is a place that you have to see to believe. Small houses decorate the Jennings family lawn and have for roughly 40 years. The miniature city is decorated with lights, toys, dolls, Santas, snowmen, angels, and nativities, of all colors and sizes. There is something magical in the air at Tiny Town. You can see it in the faces of the families as their eyes reflect the Christmas spirit around them. While your surroundings are kitschy and Southern they are also transcendent and universal.
Whether it is aimlessly driving around town, baking cookies, putting oranges in your stocking, eating chewy peppermint candies, or decorating the mantle, certain activities have a way of putting us in the mood to celebrate. What is your family tradition that makes it feel like that time of year?