Magic Downtown

As Christmas tree forests are appearing all over town, downtown Waco is being transformed into a Christmas winter wonderland. The streetlight poles are, now, tall red and white striped candy canes, wrapped in alternating red and white ribbons from top to bottom.  The utility poles are wrapped in shiny, silver tinsel garland with multi-colored lights of blue, red, green, yellow and white that look like twinkling stars.  The garland goes from of the bottom of a pole, up to the top, and across Austin Avenue, the main street, to another pole and down, looking like a sparkling necklace.  Midway between the poles over the street, hangs a shiny silver, white lighted five pointed star, like a medallion.  The next necklace holds a silver bell with a white light as its clapper.  The stars and bells alternate down the street, forming a Christmas tunnel all the way to the city square. The wind blowing through the garland sounds like the dry autumn leaves rustling in the tree before they fall to give the earth its winter blanket.
The glass windows of the stores along the street have scenes of the season in them or on them.  One window is painted into a bright green holly wreath bright red berries and ribbon bow.  Another has brilliant white snowflakes falling down the glass.  One of the stores has a big window with snow painted at the bottom as it had just fallen and settled on it.  Inside is a snow covered hill with children sliding down on sled, while others wait or are climbing back up.  Another store has a frosted window.  Inside,is an older couple, the man, a ring of gray hair around his head, wearing gold wire rim spectacles, a pipe in the corner of his mouth, sits in a rocking chair as he reads the newspaper, while the lady, her white hair in a bun on top of her head, a shawl around her shoulders is knitting a sweater, are close to a blazing fireplace.  A small candle-lighted Christmas tree sits in a corner to the left, while a window on the right shows snow falling outside.  Santa is making a visit to a home in another window.  Eight tiny reindeer are on the roof and Santa is just about to go down the chimney of the small, snow covered rock home.  An amber glow outlines a Christmas tree seen through a small window.  Small fir trees dot the lawn.  On down the street, another window shows a small town with tiny stores, a grocery store with fir garland ringing the front door,,a toy store with a big wooden soldier guarding the door,,a clothing store with a wreath hanging from the door,,and others.  The tiny windows on the buildings send white and amber light into the semi-dark street, making patterns on the new fallen snow.  Tiny people, their arms filled with packages are going from store to store.  And so it goes,,,variances on the themes in each store window.  The stores close at five in the afternoon, but families will return to appreciate the magic of downtown.

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Jme5
Jme5

Ican close my eyes and be there seeing all that you saw...very beautiful...
1Patriciann
1Patriciann

Oh Mike - I so loved reading this. I felt as was standing right at your side looking on.

((hugs))
:-) Patricia
plumptomato
plumptomato

It sure does sounds festive and beautiful where you are. Thanks so very much for sharing. I enjoyed reading about it all.
deleted_user
deleted_user

It DOES sound beautiful....