Views of the Neighborhood – Christmas Day Luminaria

We have a neighborhood in Part Aransas which is known as Channel Vista. This subdivision decided to get together and put out luminaria for the Christmas season A luminaria is a small paper lantern (commonly a candle set in some sand inside a paper bag) which is of significance in New Mexico and theย Southwest at Christmas time. The hope among the faithful is that the lights will guide the spirit of the Christ child to one’s home.

I was on hand for the event and took some photos.

The first photo is a boat that the owner decorated for the on water boat luminaria which unfortunately was canceled due to the weather. The boat owner towed his boat around town and parked it so it would be the first set of lights in Channel Vista. You can also see Santa taking it easy.


The next photo is pretty typical for the home decorations. Most put the luminaria on the street and also lit their homes.


The next photo shows some beautiful tall palms that have are decorated from top to bottom.


Here is a close up of the palms.


Another home with multicolored lights casting a warm purple glow.


This house placed lights on their fence as well as under the eaves.


An elaborate display


I thought this tree is well decorated. The lights reached the very end of the branches.


You can tell we live in a fishing area. Here is a display featuring a sailfish.


The last photo is cute in that there is a family of penguins playing with a fish. (let’s just call it playing)


There were much more, but we will stop here. I wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday season.



    1. Thanks for the reblog.

  1. Some beautiful decorations. Do any of the luminaria paper bags ever cath fire themselves?

    1. I haven’t seen any but I’ll bet they do in a stiff wind. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Impressive. How do you get the lights on the tall palms? It’s like a sheet of them.

    1. The guy hired a guy with a lift to put them up there. You couldn’t see it in the photo but the lights at the top were like shooting stars. Was worth seeing.

      1. Very cool. Are there special lights for palms?

      2. Nope. Normal low heat lights.

  3. A lovely variety of light displays, John. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holiday Season to you and yours also.

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I remember this tradition from my childhood. We had luminaria in our area of Pittsburgh for many years. I don’t know if they still do it. Thanks for the tour, John. I do like the lighted palm trees. I guess if you have it, flaunt it.

    Merry Christmas.

    1. I like the flaunt it idea. Those folks went out of their way. Thanks, Dan

  5. Reblogged this on Jan Hawke INKorporated and commented:
    Stunning luminaria light up Christmas Eve on Mustang Island in the Gulf of Mexico. Taken by my fave thriller guy John Howell

    1. Thanks, Jan. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love the luminaries. Our neighborhood does those also. WE get them from the Boy Scouts. My favorite house is the one with the blue marlin…of course.

    1. Of course. Thanks, Susan.

  7. Great photos, John. Merry Christmas.

    1. Thanks, Craig. Merry Christmas.

  8. Thank you for the photos, John. I wish I were there.

    1. You were in spirit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Now I’m imagining Santa in a sleigh pulled by a team of sailfish! ๐Ÿ˜€ Merry Christmas to you and yours, John. Happy holiday hugs!

    1. Ha ha ha. Would be fun. Thanks Teagan. Happy Holidays to you. Hugs

  10. A great tradition and wonderful pictures, John. Tnanks for sharing.
    A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you,

    1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, Pit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Thanks, John, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. I’ve never seen the luminaria used up here – not too sure how well those bags would do in the snow! Loved the lighted palm trees – very well done!
    Have a wonderful Christmas, good sir!

    1. Thank you, John. All the best to you as well.

  12. Lovely lights! Happy Christmas and New Year Blessings to you and yours, John. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you, Bette.The same to you.

  13. Way to brighten the holidays, John.

  14. Well, it took me all day, but I finally got to your neighborhood. Beautiful lights! I’ve always loved the luminaries. Merry Christmas, John!

    1. Merry Christmas, Jill . ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. What a neat Christmas presentation. Could be the start of a new neighborhood tradition. Thanks for sharing and I wish you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season as well!

    1. The neighborhood plans to do it on an annual basis. Thank you, Deborah.

  16. I love it when people go to so much trouble to make their homes attractive. Nicely captured John. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you, Jo. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks, Traci. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Beautiful! Can’t imagine how long it takes to put lights on the palm trees.

    1. I know right? I was blown away. ๐Ÿ™‚

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