Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Savannah Style


Iced Chiffon
Duffy Brown







A Savannah Christmas…

Bruce Willis here…the other Bruce Willis who lives with Reagan Summerside…
and I’m here to take you on a Christmas stroll around Savannah, Georgia. The weather is perfect, just a touch of chill in the air with bright blue skies.

This is such a fine place that back in the Christmas of 1864 when Sherman saw fit to park his unwelcome butt in our fair city he sent Lincoln a telegram saying I beg to present you as a Christmas Gift, the City of Savannah.  


Everyone in Savannah decorates their houses Southern style with…




even the boats go all out
and the Savannah River sparkles at night.


Nothing escapes red bows, twinkling lights and evergreens. We may not have snow but we sure have everything else.




Saint John’s church celebrates with flowers and manger. There's midnight mass and the best choir ever. 



And then there’s the shopping on all the stores on Broughton Street…not that anyone would want this thing!


My favorite part of a Savannah Christmas is the tree at Auntie KiKi’s. There's no place like home and I’m sure there’s a bone for me under there somewhere.


And of course there's Christmas dinner and the food! Ham, red-eye gravy and red velvet cake! Maybe a pecan pie or two just for fun. I love the part where I get fed treats under the table.


What is the favorite Christmas decoration in your town? The tree in the city square? Manger scene with live animals? Christmas is just the best time ever.


              Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and 2013. 

                                 Hugs, BW and Reagan

48 comments:

  1. When I was growing up in a small Texas town, one of my favorite decorations was the live nativity scene at one of the local churches.

    Beverly aka Booklady

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  2. Love the live nativity scenes and the people who volunteer their time. I remember one where the woman was giving the baby a bottle. So sweet.

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  3. Santa's House decorated on the lawn of the Court House. (No mall in this little town!)

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  4. My favorite isn't a decoration but an event. We celebrate a Dickens of a Christmas the first weekend in December. People dress up in period costumes roast, marshmallows and drink hot apple cider. There is a candle lighting ceremony and a community Christmas carol sing a long. Mr. And Mrs. Claus make an appearance and visit with the children. Seeing the kids eyes light up and waiting impatiently in line for their turn to tell the Clauses what they dream of for Christmas. Seeing the little ones makes the wonder of it all seem new every year. A Merrry and Blessed Christmas to all!

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  5. I like the tour of homes each Christmas as there are some beautifully decorated homes.I think my favorite decoration is the snowfalke. So simple and beautiful...

    Merry Christmas
    Pamela James

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  6. Out town also has an event . It is called The Lighting Festival. The day after Thansgiving there is a parade, and the stores on the main street turn on their lights. In addition, Santa and Mrs. Claus make appearances.

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  7. I love New York City at Christmas when the office buildings are decorated and trees are adorned with sparkling lights.

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  8. In our small Kansas town, an entire neighborhood (about 1/4 of the town) goes all out for the holiday! They all work together to decorate their homes and yards for the rest of us to enjoy. It's absolutely beautiful, and we love that they do it! In Kansas City, we also love seeing the Plaza lights, the Mayor's Christmas Tree at Crown Center, and there's a home everyone calls Falmouth where an electrical engineer has turned his house into an amazing Christmas spectacle!

    Marie :)
    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

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  9. Wow, you all live in places that really get it on for Christmas. I live in Milford and we have horse-drawn carriage rides, kids choirs, bell-ringers and roasted chestnuts. I can do without the chestnut thing. Need more hot chocolate.

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  10. Historic Saint Charles, MO where I now live is about 12 miles from St. Louis and situated on the Missouri River. Its historic, cobbled, shop-lined Main Street is like a step back in time. Chestnuts are roasted on street corners by people in traditional costumes, there is a parade of Santas, carriage rides, and gas lamps light the street. It is the epitome of holiday charm.

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  11. There are so many great looking books and authors on this site. I'm so glad to have found it. I'm looking forward to keeping my bookshelf stocked. :)

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  12. I love Christmas! My favorite time of year...visiting friends and attending parties. My very favorite are the Holiday Home Tours. I used to participate as often as I could. It's wonderful sharing the spirit of Christmas with so many friends.

    Marsha C

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  13. I live about an hour south of Savannah. It is a joy to read about places where I have been.

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  14. In the downtown area of where I work, they really go all out and decorate for Christmas - it's called "Christmas in the Park" - there are decorated Christmas trees (companies, schools, and organizations have their own tree to decorate and display), carnival rides, and ice skating under the stars. I always get excited when they start setting up for it after Thanksgiving.

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  15. The gorgeous decorations around all our towns helps everyone feel more cheerful. Would love to read this one.

    tbranco24 AT gmail DOT com

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  16. I live in a small town and the lights on Main Street are beautiful.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  17. I like the tree and all the lights and the music.

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  18. One of my favorite Southern cities. Summerville, South Carolina still wins my favorite. Thanks for posting photos.

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  19. Hollywild Animal Park, which purchased the decorations from Heritage USA when they went under. YOu drive through the animal compunds and see lights & animals.

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  20. Our little town does a great job of decorating the court square for Christmas. It's just so beautiful driving through there at night. I especially like the lighted wreaths that are hung from the old-fashioned street lamps.

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  21. I Love the Manger Scene at the local college .

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  22. Our town used to decorate the court house square and put Santa's chalet there. Now there is a little park that gets the chalet. They also have a parade after Thanksgiving with Santa coming to town.
    The book looks good! I am finding so many new books on this site!! :)

    Pen
    pmettert at yahoo dot com

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  23. I just love driving through the neighborhoods at night and seeing all the decorated houses. Everything looks so bright and enchanting! kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  24. Our local theater always has a special play for the holidays, always a musical. This year it's Singing in the Rain, and we have tickets for the 26th. (I hear they give rain ponchos to everyone in the first four rows as there WILL be rain on stage.) There's also a Christmas tree down town.

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  25. My favorite is the Christmas lights and display near the local library. They have a huge tree that they decorate and lights on every lamp post down the street. It is so beautiful to see at night.

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  26. I like simple Christmas decorations. I put big green wreaths with red bows on the front of my house and deck and highlight them with a spotlight at night. I love old towns and would love to visit Charleston and other old southern towns. Nacogdoches is beautiful during Christmas.

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  27. One of the towns nearby, Bay City, added a new holiday festival this year called Bustle By The Bay. They decorated a huge centerpiece tree and on the second day a couple dozen other small trees were decorated around the park for a charity silent auction. It was very lovely and I can't wait to go again next year!

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  28. Hm, red-eye gravy. Made a dish for Thanksgiving of roasted sweet potatoes with a maple, bourbon, coffee sauce. To die for!

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  29. There are several neighborhoods which have wonderful light displays and those are always lovely.

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  30. I enjoy the tour of homes that we have locally every year. It's lovely to see how all the houses are decorated, especially the older ones.
    Ann

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  31. We have a winter parade at night and the floats have beautiful Christmas decorations and lights. The streets and businesses have wonderful displays. The kids have so much fun!

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  32. We live in a small town I love to see the houses all decorated in the evening on my way home from work. It always makes me smile and I try to go home different ways a few nights a week so I can see dirrerent sights!

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  33. BW I love you. We have the Christmas Ships who parade up and down the rivers here. We also have Zoo Lights.

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  34. Dianne -south dakotaDecember 16, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    My favorite Christmas decorations in our town are seeing all the peoples's homes where they decorate lavishly for Christmas. There is a house, two doors south of us and a house, about 2 blocks north of us. The house 2 blocks north is an older couple who love Christmas and on weekends play Santa and Mrs Santa. The invite people to view their decorations and have the children come and talk to Santa.

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  35. I've always wanted to visit Savannah---maybe just reading about it will give me some of the Southern spirit.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  36. Richmond decorates the James Center with the lighted reindeer. Great job.
    Sandy 2012

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  37. the big tree in the square

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  38. I love the lighted trees and decorations on the walking mall on Pearl Street in Boulder.

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  39. In our firehouse, there is a tower with a glass room at the top. In it is a christmas tree that the firemen light up. I love to look up and see it. The tree shines down on us all and it is our small town's tree. Fondly, Teri

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  40. The lighting of the town Xmas tree is always special to me as it signifies the year is finally almost over. We have ocean front ice skating which is always fun to ice skate next to the waves.

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  41. in my school, we have a carnival for students and kids from orphanage. It is such a joyful season here in Indonesia.
    Seeing they are so happy and free after final test make me smile too.

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  42. I do love all the Christmas lights strung through the town here. So beautiful at night.

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  43. I love the animated antique decorations one house puts out every year since I was a kid. That's been over 40 years. Even when they sold the house, they made it a condition to carry on the tradition. :)

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  44. My favorite is the one house that decorates with antique animated decorations in their yard. They are the same ones from when I was little so over 40 years. :) They even made it a condition when they sold the house that the display stays with the propery.

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  45. Thanks for this guestpost Bruce, and especially the pretty pictures. There is one neighbourhood in my town that goes all out with decorations. Not only inside the houses, but the whole street is decorated. It is beautiful to drive there at night and see it all. And I am very glad not to live there myself and have to participate. I shiver thinking of the electricity bill for them.

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  46. My favorite place for Christmas decorations is Nela Park in Cleveland Heights. GE (General Electric) has put up this display for the last 80 years. My parents took us there every Christmas season and now I take my grandchildren there. It brings back so many memories.

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  47. In our little city, a couple donated a group of reindeer made from grapevines and branches, to our local college. A sleigh was added and it goes up every year. One year, some idiots vandalized it and broke off some legs on one of the reindeer, The school made it look like he is resting on the ground!

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