I’m one of those people who want the window seat on a plane so I can get that bird’s eye view of the land, cities, and bodies of water we’re flying over. But I haven’t done that much flying at night, or when I did, I had an aisle seat.
So on my last flight to Alabama for a combination writers’ mini retreat and Heart of Dixie Christmas party, I made sure I booked window seats going and coming. And am I ever glad I did.
While in Alabama, I took a lovely walking tour with friend Lynn Raye Harris and her family through the historic district of Decatur. The interiors of the old homes ranged from exquisitely decorated to a bit of a cluster of decorations, but the majority of the exteriors were done extremely well using live pine boughs, holly and fruit.
But I’ve also grown up watching the lavish display put on by elite retailers. Anyone who’s been to The Plaza in Kansas City, MO during the holidays knows what I mean. Their annual lighting ceremony at Thanksgiving kicks off the Holiday shopping.
I had an ungodly five-thirty am flight and it was dark when we took off and cloudy most of the flight, so I feared I wouldn’t get to see anything. But the lights that were still on that time of morning glowed through the clouds, creating colored puffs of cotton.
Thanks to clear skies on the return flight, I got to see the neighborhoods and parks decorated as well in far better detail. It brought back memories of my folks driving through neighborhoods in town to see the pretty displays. While I missed sharing this moment from above with anyone, it was without a doubt the best way to view Christmas lights and displays.
So though I often grouse about the lines in stores and the commercialism of the holiday, flying above the glow of towns and cities is a bit enchanting.
Do you have any special displays you put up each year or places or events you visit? What’s the most beautiful display you’ve seen? How about the worst?