Christmas Eve in Summerville, South Carolina.
It is one of the sweetest family memories.
The entire neighborhood was lined with luminaries; small white votive candles, anchored with sand, inserted into white paper bags.
On a night that was usually about 60 degrees, folks lit their candles after dark, and put holiday music on speakers aimed toward the steady line of traffic that slowly paraded through the community.
If someone was to be away for the holidays, neighbors set up their candles to achieve an unbroken line in front of the hundreds of homes.
We all served snacks, drinks, shared the splendor and the camaraderie.
It was a tradition since the 1980’s and well known throughout the area. Folks travelled for miles to witness.
The steady stream of slow moving traffic had another benefit. It kept us all at home for a few hours.
It is said that the candles could be seen from the air, and might have served as a runway for Santa.
Note: Best experienced in person, the majesty and serenity was difficult to capture on film, especially at night. I found the photo above from a community in Ohio that best represents it for me.