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Best Holiday Decorations

Posted December 7, 2009

Thank you for the many wonderful comments on the Holiday Wish List blog. Many entries were quite touching.
I wish I were a handyman who could fix that broken toilet mentioned in the comments. I also appreciate the selflessness of those who truly have the welfare of others on their minds this holiday season.

I would like to announce two winners to the contest: ncgrlfrnd and anggiet. Each will receive a copy of my book Blue Ridge Reunion and two of my CDs. The winners should send me their addresses so I can put their packages in the mail this week. My email address is

Also, if anyone would like to purchase a personally signed copy of my coffee table book and CDs just drop me a line at and I fill the orders promptly. I am spending this week completing a number of personal orders. They make excellent gifts for the holidays.

Today's question: What North Carolina town has the best holiday decorations? Please share your thoughts.


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  • javajoe Dec 9, 2009

    battenclan09: A sad follow-up to your post about the inflatables donated to Wesleyan College:

    Rocky Mount, N.C. — A grinch hit the North Carolina Wesleyan College campus early Tuesday, stealing dozens of holiday decorations, police said.

    According to campus security, someone removed 27 inflatable Christmas yard decorations from the campus at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. The decorations were valued at $3,200 total, police said.

    There was no word on possible suspects in the theft.

  • happy Dec 8, 2009

    Definitely Meadow! Amazing!

  • ECU4lyf Dec 7, 2009

    Ocracoke Island is very pretty this time of year.

  • khoggard Dec 7, 2009

    There is a house just outside of Windsor - the Hoggard Triplets Herman, Thurman, & Sherman - who decorated every year. They have over 365,000 lights & many inflatables & other built items that they decorate. People come from all over the place to see the lights & they are truly amazing & beautiful.

  • thefensk Dec 7, 2009

    I second NotNow's suggestion. That one house is always amazing. It is on the right heading north from Orange County on Hwy 86. You can't miss it. Their neighbors must hate them.

  • battenclan09 Dec 7, 2009

    There is this house in Rocky Mount NC that has well over 100 inflatables in their yard and on top of their house, it is off of Hunter Hill RD by the Pizza Inn. We always try to go by and see it every year. They also have a bin at their drive way for Toys For Tots. We went this weekend and due to a family illness, they were unable to set up....but they donated their inflatables to the Dunn Center at NC Weslyan College, so if anyone is in the area, please drive by to see. It is amazing that all of these were in a small yard. Wilson also has "Whites Lights" that go to Wilmed Hospice and other community charities.

  • mcneillm Dec 7, 2009

    Lake Myra road off Poole Road in Wendell ~ hands down, running lights, music & everything. It's an awesome sight & people will stand there for at least an hour & watch the wonder.

  • Not Now Dec 7, 2009

    There is a house on Hwy 86 heading north towards Yanceyville that goes all out for EVERY holiday on the calendar. I look forward to driving past the home to see what new decorations they have added to the collection. Some folks say it's tacky, but I think it shows a lot of spirit. Serious time, effort, and money are obviously put into each and every display.

  • LMRA Dec 7, 2009

    Let me put in a plug for Meadow. When I first moved to Benson, everyone said you HAVE to go to Meadow to see the lights. It took me a few years but I finally went and OH MY!!

  • thecatsmeow67 Dec 7, 2009

    Christmas Town,USA--Where else??????




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