Let’s Talk with Cheryl Hollon

City Lights in St. Petersburg
by Cheryl Hollon

As the holiday season approaches, I’m grateful to live in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. The city shines in so many delightful ways – the lighting of the tree is the start.

Many festive scenes are displayed around the North Straub Park near the waterfront. The figures are colorful, animated, and multicultural. Small children enjoy them and the tiny ones squeal with delight when the figures move.

The trees are lit up all year, but they get an upgrade for the holidays with lights that appear to drip like icicles from the trees. Santa also has a sled with reindeer that makes a great photo op for families.

I love the handmade ornaments that adorn my tree year after year. This one is made from an egg carton, tissue paper and gold rick rack trim. There are warm memories attached to the ones from my children and grandchildren.

Here’s my favorite holiday picture of last year. My husband and I wish you a safe and joyful holiday season. May love and light bless you and yours.

If you’re still looking for gifts, my Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries are all set along Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. Independent bookstores need your help this season. Buy Local.

What are your favorite holiday lights?

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  1. Those lights must be a site to see. This year all of our holiday decorations are packed. We are moving two days before Christmas so everything will be chaos. We’ll do a small family event and hope to celebrate in better times next year.

  2. I never can decide which I like better, the houses with multicolored lights all about or the ones that go for a single color. If it’s lighting up the night, I like it! 🙂

  3. I loved walking through the Nashville Zoo at night last Christmas. The entire zoo was lit up with one magnificent display after another for Zoolumination: Chinese Festival of Lights. I’d never seen anything like it.

    • cherylhollon says

      Tampa Zoo does the same thing. It’s gorgeous. We won’t be going this year, but I’ll probably hit everyone of them for 2021.

  4. We used to live in Jacksonville and we loved Nights of Lights in St. Augustine. Just beautiful!

  5. maggietoussaint says

    I love advent candes. They have deep spiritual meaning for me, but this circle of candes also instills the values of waiting, learning, tradition, and of love for all.

  6. the twinkling lights of the menorah we lit with our children via zoom this year…. but we also love Christmas lights, especially 2 streets in Birmingham that decorate to children’s themes associated with Christmas

    • cherylhollon says

      I have a coal oil lamp from my grandparents that I light during the holidays. It’s a lovely ritual and reminds me of the Christmas celebration at their hill farm in Kentucky.