Time To Walk In A Circle
We completed the birthday dinner and drove to Naples to see the lights! Join the fun!
Did You Know? - Christmas lights (also known informally as fairy lights) are lights used for decoration in preparation for Christmas and for display throughout Christmastide. The custom goes back to the use of candles to decorate the Christmas tree in Christian homes in early modern Germany.
Christmas trees displayed publicly and illuminated with electric lights became popular in the early 20th century. By the mid-20th century, it became customary to display strings of electric lights as along streets and on buildings Christmas decorations detached from the Christmas tree itself.
In the United States, it became popular to outline private homes with such Christmas lights in tract housing beginning in the 1960s. By the late 20th century, the custom had also been adopted in non-western countries, notably in Japan and Hong Kong.
Into the sleigh... The Finch's And Adams joined us!
It was 56 degrees when we started... Everyone was bundled up!
Bob and Brian do a double check!
The fountain area was decorated this year
We met at the Naples Fountain and then headed
north turning right just before the bridge
We waited for the arrival of Zack and Becca
The Big Truck arrives!
"OK... The party can start... Lilly is here!"
Disguised? Tiffany and Kyle are ready to go!
"What am I doing out in this weather?"
We can always find the fountain!
To the canal and turn right!
"Welcome to our lights"
Simple decorations are often quite elegant!
Looks like we are in Hawaii
Laser Christmas lights were quite popular
Lilly gets a close look at the decorations courtesy of Mom!
"Ah ha... I see the camera!"
"This is fun!"
Playing cards in the cold!
We love the classical displays!
The railings were decorated in many locations
We all wanted to sing "I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas"
Zachary with a halo? Can't be!
Little houses... Little people
Dig the candy cames!
Beware of the dragon
Sniff - Sniff - Sniff
The flash has to be used sparingly
Much better without the flash
Santa and his pal!
His pal has been hitting the bottle
The up-side-down Christmas tree
Did You Know? -
Christmas is associated with a lot of traditions, of which the Christmas Tree is an inherent part. The history of the upside down Christmas Tree has its roots in the 7th century. It is during this period that St Bonafice journeyed from Devonshire, England to Germany to preach the message of God.
He engaged himself in religious as well as social work and spent a lot of his time in Thuringia, a town located in Germany itself, which is the birthplace of the industry dealing with Christmas Decorations.
It is believed that St Boniface wile staying in Thuringia, took the help of the triangular fir tree to represent the Holy Trinity made up of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. As a result the converted people started to worship the Fir tree as God's Tree. Then St Bonafice, using this triangular shaped tree tried to introduce to the pagan tribes the paragons of Trinity.
By the 12th century it became a custom, especially in Europe to hang the Fir trees upside down from the ceilings to symbolize the Holy Trinity. The Upside down Christmas Trees was also considered to be the symbol of Christianity. But the real history behind the hanging of the Trees upside down still remains vague. Presently the trend of hanging a Christmas Tree has changed, because nowadays the tip of the Christmas Tree is made to point towards Heaven, as many think that an upside down Christmas tree is a sign of contempt. Christmas Carnivals offers information on the History of the upside down Christmas Tree.
Hiding in the bushes
Brian's dream home!
We are at the half-way point!
"Hey Dad... This is fun! Is this now a tradition?"
Grandma Sue is getting ready to be photobombed!
Here is the bomber!
Bomber and part HAM
Front row seats!
"I am keeping an eye on you Mom and Dad!"
Jan enjoying the fun!
"Am I a decoration?"
"Everybody likes my sparkling boots"
Time to walk!
Who put these lights up?
That there is a wreath!
Did You Know? - A wreath is an assortment of flowers, leaves, fruits, twigs or various materials that is constructed to resemble a ring.
In English-speaking countries, wreaths are used typically as household ornaments, mainly as Christmas decoration. They are also used in ceremonial events in many cultures around the globe. Wreaths have much history and symbolism associated with them. They are usually made from evergreens and symbolize strength, as evergreens last even throughout the harshest winters.
Seasons Greetings to our Jewish friends!
departing Naples, we decided to go to Old Ranch to have a Night Cap. The hot chocolate and coffee tasted pretty good. From there we stopped at Preveza to drop off Brian & Jan and Michele & Theo!