December Challenge--Favorite Holiday Memory

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes

Just like the song says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year!"  I like the holiday season for all of the usual reasons:  the festive decor, the parties, the special foods, family visits and spirit of giving to others. Plus, business usually slows down for a couple of weeks!



My favorite holiday memory is one that I get to relive every year:  our block of neigbhors in the Brookside subdivision of Armour Hills displays lit luminaries along the sidewalk and walkways every Christmas Eve.  The picture I am displaying don't really do it justice--however, every resident along our curved street has bags, anchored by sand, with candles inside, lining the sidewalk and walkway to their front door.  At dusk on Christmas Eve, the candles are lit--and they burn till 3 or 4am.  We make sure no cars are parked on the street so that there is a clear view of the lighted block.  And on those lucky December 24 dates when it snows...well it's even a  more magical sight!  


This luminary tradition started way before we moved to the block--it's been going on at least 25 years.  My husband has taken over the duties of ordering the supplies for everyone.  The week before Christmas, he dresses up in his Santa suit and together with the little kids on the block, goes door to door dropping off the bags, sand and candles.  For those neighbors who are home on December 24--there is a 'wine walk' around 10pm--everyone is welcome to take a beverage of their choice and walk along the block to admire the bright lights and holiday yard decor.  


There are many holiday memories I'll always cherish--and they involve my two girls, when they were little ones and we visited Santa, drove around to see the holiday lights and watched them open the gifts they gave each other.  I'm glad the luminary tradition is one I can relive each year!

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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

(Brookside/Armour Hills resident, local business supporter, NPR fan, Habitat ReStore volunteer, thankful for the gift of another day!)


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/Kansas City Homes

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Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Beautiful, thanks for sharing!

Dec 14, 2017 05:02 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mary- what a wonderful tradition. It shows the strong bond that you and all of your neighbors have that you keep this up year after year!!! Enjoy and Merry Christmas.

Dec 14, 2017 06:19 PM #2
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

What a sweet neighborhood tradition - thank you for sharing.

Dec 15, 2017 04:54 AM #3
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

There are so many memories to share, it's hard to choose just one! Merry Christmas Mary!!

Dec 15, 2017 06:44 AM #4
Lynn B. Friedman
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR 
Definitely must look so lovely!
Thanks for sharing the picture and the story!

Dec 15, 2017 07:07 PM #5
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

What a great neighborhood to live in:) 

Thanks for sharing, Mary.

Happy Holidays to you and yours! 

Dec 16, 2017 11:23 PM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What an absolutely love tradition - and agree with Inna, great neighborhood to  live in. Happy Holidays Mary. D 

Dec 18, 2017 02:23 PM #7
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a wonderful tradition!  Love this and I'm sure it's just beautiful!  Happy Holidays!


Dec 20, 2017 09:01 PM #8
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I love the luminary tradition. This would be hard to do in my neighborhood because of the hills.  Wishing you a blessed, happy and healthy new year.

Dec 30, 2017 02:03 PM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good afternoon Mary - I really loved reading this.  It sounds like you have a wonderful community involvement for the holidays.

Jan 04, 2018 09:27 AM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What a unique and special tradition. I love that you still continue it!

Jan 05, 2018 01:25 PM #11
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
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Oh my gosh, Mary, what a GREAT community tradition! I absolutely get goosebumps over things like this. I like the "wine walk" too...I'd be all over that. 

And I thought the photo was beautiful. 

Jan 06, 2018 12:44 PM #12
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