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The Christmas Lights of Pensacola

Last night, after our son and his family left after dinner, AdventureMan had a gleam in his eye. (No! not that gleam!)

“Want to go out and look at the Christmas lights?” he asked.

“Oh! Yes! Yes!” He knows I love the lights.

Pensacola isn’t so over-the-top as the Tampa Bay area used to be. Pensacola uses a lot more white, a lot less music and moving displays. Pensacola is more restrained, and more traditional.

Just so you will know where I am coming from, here is my favorite:

Thoughtful, restrained, elegant. There are a lot of this kind of display, and I love them. I also love the others, although many are more exuberant. There seem to be a lot of white deer, and . . . some of them move their heads. Yes! I am telling the truth!

Some people just get totally into the spirit of the season, and go all out. Here is a sampling of what we saw:

I can’t help but find this funny; Frosty the snowman and the Creche juxtaposed:

Along with Santas on rockets, LOL!

This is a Christmas Snoopy as an aviator on top of his doghouse. What does it have to do with Christmas? LLOOLL!

A lot of people are using balloons, with varying results. Santa on a motorcycle, Santa on rockets, all kinds of balloons, problematic because sometimes balloons loose air.

Here are Santas, and then a Santa loosing air, LOL

I love the way WordPress has put snow on all the blogs for December (you can turn it off if you don’t like it) but with these photos, snow falling is perfect. 🙂

December 11, 2010 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Christmas, Community, Florida, Holiday, Living Conditions, Local Lore, Pensacola, Photos, WordPress


  1. oooh how beautiful ! I love it when houses are dressed up with lights like that 😀

    Snow effect is just spot on! Every one is in Love with it 😀

    By the way how did u decorate your house?!

    Comment by danderma | December 11, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’m with you–I love the white lights. But wouldn’t you hate to live across the street from the guy that has his house done up like Las Vegas? It would be like sleeping in the day time.

    Comment by momcat | December 11, 2010 | Reply

  3. Beautiful, Where is the SNOW ?

    Comment by Hayfa Almughni | December 11, 2010 | Reply

  4. Danderma – You and Bu Tootie need to visit Pensacola at Christmas time. It is SO much fun. There are trolley tours, lights everywhere, and tonight – the Pensacola Christmas Parade, and oh, what fun. Photos to follow.

    New house, still working out the decorations. I had a scheme but it was problematic. I finally worked it all out, but . . . the icicle lights are LED and my other lights are tiny lights and the WHITES DON’T MATCH oh, AAARRGh! I have something up for right now, but not something I am happy with.

    “Little drops of water,
    little grains of sand,
    Make a mighty ocean
    And a mighty land.”

    It’s a poem we say that means it takes a while sometimes to get something the way you want it, one detail at a time until all the details fall together and form one great big mighty picture. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 11, 2010 | Reply

  5. Momcat – Especially if they have the music going all the time. I imagine they have a cut-off time, or they would be a public nuisance. They have such great equipment available these days – timers, light sensitive timers, all kinds of things. You know me and hardward . . . 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 11, 2010 | Reply

  6. Hayfa, the snow is on WorkPress. Can’t you see it falling? Look at the first photo, and you will see the snow starting at the top of the blog and falling to the bottom. If you accidentally leave it on, snow will accumulate at the bottom of the page.

    Or – go back to Montana and you will see more snow than you ever dreamed, LOL!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 11, 2010 | Reply

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