Our park goes all out for Christmas. Each street is given a theme (Santa Claus Lane, Candy Cane Drive, etc), and people decorate accordingly. There’s a little contest for the best decorated lot, but most folks just decorate for the joy of it, vs trying to win a prize.

There’s also a lighted golf cart parade and a cookie exchange .

There are fund raisers for the RGV food bank during December to provide Christmas meals for poor families in the area. Last year, our park raised over $7,000. The H.E.B. Food Chain matches our donation (up to 10,000), so that $14,000 plus, provided many meals.

One of our park residents also sets up big collection boxes in the front office for donations of unwrapped toys for underprivileged children in the area. The last time I checked, both boxes were full to overflowing.

My feature photo is the yard of our neighbours across the street. They always do a great job of their lights and decorations. Ours isn’t finished yet, and isn’t quite as fancy, but it’s coming along.

“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.”

Ruth Carter Stapleton