Baubles that sparkle

I’m stuck on a baublular theme because I have to rave about what Fred and Dan have hung from the trees this year.  Each year the staff, volunteers and visitors are surprised by yet another spectacular light show – from a star topped Giant Sequoia one year, to a Ginkgo with huge “fruit”, to last year’s flowering Star Magnolia.  And every year I think – “Whoa!  OK, this is my favorite!”  Well.  This year’s night lights are my total top favorite of all time.  (At least until next year.)

In honor of Blithewold’s Centennial Anniversary, Fred and Dan didn’t hold back.  At all.  Seeing is believing that they used 1000 linear feet of bamboo and 10,000 lights to decorate two front lawn Beech trees with 50 stars each.   And you have to see it for yourself – I’ll show a photo (if I get any good ones) only after everyone in the vicinity (a 1000 mile radius?) has had a chance to see it live first.  Ferry Road traffic has slowed for gaping rubberneckers – it’s a little scary to think you might be hit by someone who’s not watching the road anymore.  But it’s so worth the worry for a drive by and even better, a stop in – I know I’ve already mentioned that the inside of the mansion is bedecked to the very nines too and not to be missed for all the dust in fairyland.

What is it about Christmas lights?  Is it an inner kid thing that makes me grin and want to clap when I see a good display?  Am I already so starved for daylight that I’ll settle for staring at 10,000 tiny bulbs on a string?  Do you decorate with lights?  Why?

4 thoughts on “Baubles that sparkle

  1. We have to let our inner kid have a good time~~ and what better sense memory then Christmas lights! We don’t put lights up around the house…just on our tree. But we do love to drive around to see the Christmas light competition houses each year! Gail

    Gail, Like you I don’t put lights up outside (though we do have a string that stays up all year inside…) and I love checking out who’s got the best display in each neighborhood. Blithewold wins Bristol though there are a couple of runners up. -kris

  2. totta love the spectacle! Childhood has an exuberant innocence and I rue the day I lost that! Trying to reclaim it though! Fred and Dan are the best! Next to you and Gail, that is!

    Layanee, You don’t strike me as a person who’s at all lacking in exuberance, innocent or otherwise! -kris

  3. Sorry Kris, on a laptop in Sonoma so typing is a problem! I know, tough but drinking wine for you!

    It’s a hard life, Layanee! And no wonder I feel so loopy… -kris

  4. Lights! I love them. Love it especially when someone climbs to the tippy top of branches to really outline a whole big tree. Our 2 pines are too giant–you’d never see the lights. But I’ve hung strings of white icicles inside again and hung ornaments on them since we’re traveling at Christmas and don’t have a tree. Did you see Pam at Digging’s post about spinning under the light tree in Zilker Park? That will make you loopy!

    Lynn, I hope you plan on showing some pictures of your tree – sounds even better than an indoor tree. And yes I did see Pam’s post and was totally vicariously dizzy! (no wine required) -kris

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