There is nothing better than the magic and hope that Christmas brings.
And one of our favorite traditions that we love to partake in is strolling through the beautifully decorated neighborhood of Deerfield in Plano Texas.
“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
The Story of Deerfield’s Tradition of Holiday Lighting
When Deerfield was being built, it was actually considered by many to be too far north on Preston Road. There were only fields north of the intersection of Park and Preston. The builders wanted to get people into the neighborhood to look at the homes, so for three or four Christmas seasons, they offered the homeowners a $5000 prize for 1st place, $2500 for second place, and $1000 for 3rd place. Also, there weren’t nearly as many families then as there are now so it was not unreasonable to win a prize. Several people got very competitive about it. People/pets were dressed in costumes and greeting people who drove through even giving out candy. Some people covered their lawns in cotton.
Animation was very big. I remember one house had their teenage daughter get dressed in an angel costume and would stand in the front window and act like an animated figure. You had to look closely to realize it was a real person.
The next year, everyone owned so many lights, they put them back up and the tradition began.
(source: Deerfield Homeowners’ Association)
You can choose to walk, bike, take a carriage ride or drive through the neighborhood.
For us, its an annual tradition (with hot chocolate in hand of course).
We love to park the car and walk (yes, plan on getting those 10,000 steps in) and getting a close encounter with the beautiful intricate details of the magic of this neighborhood.
Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.
Charles M. Schulz
Wishing you all a festive, merry and peaceful Christmas!