Luminary night brightens Christmas spirit in Windy Hills
The neighborhood of Windy Hills was aglow Saturday night as the community hosted its annual luminar y night.
Residents lined the streets with thousands of luminaries – white paper bags illuminated with a votive candle – and many houses were decked out in lights and other decorations.
The evening took on a block party feel, with neighbors strolling around to see the decorations, and some residents offering hot chocolate and other refreshments to passersby.
The tradition dates back at least 30 years and was founded by the late Charlie Shaw, who headed the civic association for many years. Planning for luminary night starts shortly after Thanksgiving. The civic association buys the bags and candles, and volunteers count them out before street captains distribute the decorations. Each of the 375 houses in Windy Hills gets 10 luminaries, with corner properties receiving more.
“It’s been quite a wonderful tradition over the years,” JoAnne Shaw said last year. “You get a feeling of togetherness and camaraderie. It’s really quite beautiful.”
Neighbors admire the lights at Bill Steward’s home in Windy Hills on Saturday night during the community’s annual luminary night.