Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Heralding Christmas

It was a year ago, at this exact time that we visited The Villages for our first "lifestyle visit." For two weeks we stayed in a beautiful house to try on what it would feel like to live in such a place - driving a golf cart - and experiencing some of the many activities. One of the things we did was go to the annual Christmas tree lighting event.

Last night, we did it again, this time as resident Villagers.

A Christmas tree lighting with its associated activities happened three times this year, once on each of the three squares. We decided to (golf) cart to the event at the newest square, Paddock Square in Brownwood. We're guessing that about 2,500 to 3,000 of our fellow residents joined us! During the four hours of music and entertainment, we saw cheerleaders; Aloha O' Ka Hula Dancers; singing and tap dancing by a troupe of Villagers who are performing the musical "Holiday Inn;" and line dancers. 

Also, The Villages Drum Corps and Twirlers (baton) captured below in a 17 second video. Yes, it was a very lovely, mild evening. About 74 F (23C). Behind the twirlers you can see the soap machine that was used to create the appearance of falling snow... like anyone here misses that!

The prettiest part of the evening was toward the end, when everyone was holding a red or green lit candle and singing.

I could almost believe that "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas." But honestly, I think not. Linda


  1. Sounds wonderful Linda, your first Christmas in your wonderful new home. It will seem to be a bit strange without snow but even up here in Canada we don't always have snow Christmas although it is cold. Just think of all the new traditions you will be starting in Palm Tree Land.
    blessings Sandra

  2. Hi Linda. Lovely to see you will have a warm Xmas just like us on the other side of the world.
    Love your cabana quilt too.
    Good luck in the giveaway!

  3. You seem so pleased with your move. I am very glad that you fit right it!!


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