One of my favorite Christmas displays is one of the most tasteful, taking advantage of the blank gable ends that all too often happen on corner lots. By day the white silhouette of the Nativity scene is seen against the biege wall, but at night a trio of lights casts shadows on it, turning it from something plain into something telling the story of Christmas.
On the other end of the spectrum is a full block on which each house is done up with lights on the house eaves and ridges, trees and bushes; various constructions decorate the lawns (arches, snowmen and this "tree" in front of one house).
But what is unique about this one block (many blocks have dense lights) is how all of the lights are synchronized to blink and change color with music. Note the change in the "tree" from green to red here.
People gazing at the lights (and there are plenty, creating long lines of cars and golf carts — the latter being the preferred mode of getting around The Villages) are told to tune to 95.1 on the radio at the house that anchors the choreographed show. They can then experience the lights synchronized with various Christmas songs.
Not only do people drive by in their cars and carts; they park on adjacent blocks and walk over to watch the lights and listen to the music blaring through speakers.
Elsewhere in The Villages is a life-size statue of Santa Claus, waving at passersby from under a palm tree — quite the juxtaposition.
Inflatables are pretty popular, and my daughter's favorite was easily this one of Tow Mater (from the Cars films) wearing reindeer antlers.
But inflatables require power for the constant supply of air, so during the day The Village is awash in what I call "deflatables." Here is one of a few reindeer pulling Santa in his sleigh.
Didn't believe me, did you?
And next door is this fairly sad sight of limp nylon and other objects in the yard.
But at night the Nativity scene and small trees forms glow, as do the inflatable Santa and snowmen.