Over the weekend, Tim and I took a walk through the arbortetum. It's a lovely big park right across the street from the Museum where I work and it's always a beautiful place to walk. At Christmas time it's down right magical.
Various groups, organizations and families sign up to decorate an assigned tree and then pretty much anything goes. It's prettiest at night of course, all lit up, but it's perfectly lovely during the day as well.
I am always surprised (and pleased) to see that no two trees are decorated the same way. In face, not only is every tree gussied up differently, but every year there are a lot of new things to see. Now to be fair, we have been having a bit of windy weather so some of the decorations are looking a bit wind blown (and some literally blown onto the ground) so please bear that in mind but we enjoyed it all just the same.
There were some familiar faces of course. The ones you always expect to see in a Christmas display.
Various depictions of wild and not so wild life were here and there, some perhaps more traditional than others :
This being a beach town, I know you are not surprised to find representation of that as well:
Naturally, there were regular ornament type ornaments too. I am such a sucker for anything sparkly.
And even though this is Florida and it's never EVER snows down this far south, there is absolutely always something to remind us of the good old fashioned white Christmas' of other places.
And honestly, it's not Christmas without a few wreaths and gifts and candy canes, right?
Lights? Of course there are lights. Lots and Lots and Lots of lights. We have lights for days! Not as easy to see in the daylight of course, but here are just a few
There were just a few nods to some folks' faith:
And quite honestly, there were a few decorations that simply defy description
A few trees came with their own built in decorations. Remember this is Florida, people. Yes it's true. Things really do here bloom year 'round.
As I said somewhere at the beginning of all this, it's been a stormy weekend. Just wind and rain, nothing remotely snow or ice like, but yes, some decorations lay on the ground that I'm pretty sure were supposed to be in the trees. Decor Down!!! I assume that today, now that the storms are over, someone will come along and tidy it all up.
So I guess that's it! Thank you for coming along with me on a nice little stroll through my Christmas decorated arboretum. Hope you had fun!
We will be returning there tomorrow night to see it again, in all it's illuminated glory, with Joy and Bob, and it will look completely different. Just as wonderful, but in an electric kind of way.
Hope you are getting the maximum enjoyment out of these last few days until Christmas! I'll be back here tomorrow. If you are having way too much Christmas fun to join me, that's okay. I wish you a Very Merry Christmas anyway :)
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