The Shoals Celebrates Christmas 2015

| 12/21/2015 10:33:00 AM

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In my neck of the woods, we celebrate Christmas. It’s called Christmas here, not Holiday. Many activities around the area have been going on and I’ve been busy attending and photographing them.

First up was an old fashioned ‘Country Christmas’ at the old Lagrange College site near Leighton in November. Next up was the various Christmas parades in the Shoals as the cities of Tuscumbia, Sheffield, Florence and Muscle Shoals are called. I was able to make it to the Cherokee and Tuscumbia parades. Park Blvd in Sheffield revived their neighbor candle light parade after years of inactivity.

Plantation Christmas at Belle Mont mansion. Built between 1828 and 1832, it is thought that Thomas Jefferson or one of his associates had a hand in designing the home. This is a major fundraiser for the restoration of the home which was crumbling when it was donated to the state. Ball room dancers and characters dressed in costumes of the time greet the many visitors and tell the history of the former plantation. Decorations consisting of a red cedar tree with handmade paper ornaments, fruit, cedar, holly, cotton, and other natural materials were that found in the home during its heyday.

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