It’s Almost Christmas…


 A homeowner (in the Dallas area) decorated the tree with 100,000 red lights (a year later, I was told it has 40,000 lights), it was lighting up on Thanksgiving day. It has generated some serious traffic on the block.

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These photos were taken when we were in Dallas for Thanksgiving. As you can tell, these home owners were ahead of the schedule. I’m sure many more dramatic decorations are up by now. 🙂

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Below is a shopping mall in Dallas. I have no idea how many lights on this giant Christmas tree:

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For Leanne’s Monochrome Madess 2-37: Angel

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This close up image of an angel decoration may also fit Sally’s Mobile Photography for this week.


Simon (simonjohnsonofclowne ~ Working at My Own Pace) is starting a series of Western Movie reviews. The first movie is Shane. Before the review, he asked, “How on earth did all of this result in a film that is consistently voted one of the ten best westerns ever made and one of the top hundred films of any genre?”  Simon wrote two posts to answer this question. At the end, he reviewed the role of Joey played by De Wilde:

“All of this is to overlook the astonishing part played by Brandon De Wilde as little Joey. Much of the power of the film comes from the fact that we see it through the eyes of a child. De Wilde is gentle at times, at times precocious, at times questioning, at times a victim of obsessive hero worship.” Click HERE for more….

Simon is an exceptional writer. I love his A-Z England stories. It’s his personal travel journey mixed with histories of towns/cities in England, many of Simon’s readers wish him to publish it.

Thank you so much for your review, Simon. Looking forward to reading more.


109 thoughts on “It’s Almost Christmas…

  1. Pingback: Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (and Refractions in the Time of Uncertainty) | Lens and Pens by Sally

  2. I can see why that gorgeous red tree stopped the traffic. What an amazing view it is! Great shots of all these festive gardens and homes Amy. I just love it! 😀


  3. Hi Amy,
    Thanks for this “pre-Christmas show”: ever so beautiful pictures! 🙂 Here, I still need to drive around town to capture some wonderfully illuminated houses. I did get, though, some pictures and videos of our “Light the Night Cjristmas Parade” [] and onf the Bethanu Lutheran Church’s “Christmas Journey” [].
    Enjoy your day,


  4. Wow…reminds me of Diwali in India where houses, streets, malls are lighted up. At present I am in Calgary and here to the Downtown and houses are aglow, not on such a large scale as Alberta is facing the oil crunch. happy festive season to you.


  5. Astonishing how much you packed into this post, Amy!!! I am in awe of these decorations and that red tree? OH WOW! How I stared at it. I could NOT believe what I was seeing. Your shots are exceptional, Ame. All of them. And then at the end how you explained Simon’s posts on westerns …. and lets not forget that precious Angel set. WOW! I just am blown away by this post. I cannot even begin to think the time you spent both shooting and putting this together for us. There are a few Christmas lights I had in mine to shoot, but nothing compared to what you showed! A+++++ !!!! ❤


  6. You brought Christmas to my place tonight,dear Amy,I want to stay up all night like a little child and marvel at those celebratory and glittery decorations with the numerous lights!So much beauty,so much Christmas bliss!The red tree is magical and so is the bluish light in your fith shot!Incredibly glorious post!
    Your choice for Sally’s challenge is wonderful too,it’s a brilliant b/w photo with lovely silvery reflections and rich lighting!All is bright tonight,your photos are heavenly 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤ xxx

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  7. These photos are just beautiful, what amazing light displays! Thank you too for the link to Simon’s blog, I look forward to taking a look when I return after the new year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you Amy, see you in 2016 🙂


    • Thank you, Bebs! Happy to see you. 🙂
      Lots of homeowners People hire a contractors who do Christmas deco. Many of them do the lawn service during the spring and summer, and take Christmas orders for outdoor decorations. If they have too many orders, they will start their work the first week of November. People can buy or rent lights from them. They also take it down for you. 🙂


    • Thank you for your compliment, Helen! I haven’t done the decorations since we started traveling during Christmas a few years ago. I should be the one asking tips from you, you are a photographer. The red tree and the last three photos were taken with iPhone 6, the other three taken with iso 1600, no tripod…

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