Off-beat Christmas Decorations

Merry Christmas everyone!

We both enjoyed looking at Christmas decorations before we met, and we have managed to do it together every year since we met.

Now and then, hidden among all the “normal” lights and decorations, we find some gem that also appeals to a “naughty” sense of humor.

The last of these photos was taken Christmas eve, and this will posted on the 25th.  Lately, I have been posting on Mondays, but this is going up early because those who live in Southwest Florida might want to go out before the new year to visit the two fabulous displays listed below.  You can look them up on Google or ask me for the address.

The first is Monkman Planet, the home of Niel and Stella Monkman in Cape Coral who have computerized “only” one hundred thousand lights to accompany Christmas music.  Synchronized music is the latest trend, and we have seen on TV bigger homes on larger lots with more lights.  But only the Monkmans have a reindeer orchestra on their room with Rudolph playing the drums.  I particularly like the jazz arrangements where each instrumentalist plays a solo.  Imagine a lighted reindeer swinging his clarinet to the beat of the music.  Those not in the area can find amateur videos on You Tube and at Monkman Planet on the Internet.

A much more old fashioned but wonderful display can bee seen at the five-acre Flescher Farm near Bonita Springs.  Charlie and Margaret started it with son Bud in 1986 in memory of daughter Vicki who loved Christmas lights.  Admission is free, but they accept donations for local children who are ill.  This year, volunteers from the Optimist Club directed parking and assisted  visitors.

Charlie passed on in 1999, but Bud kept it going until 2006 when he became ill.  Younger son Chuck revived the tradition in 2009.  Alie had a chance to speak to Margaret, now 90, who sat greeting visitors near a model village in their garage.  With the addition of many new features, this year they will have four and one half million lights.

Alligator Santa

Alligator Santa

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About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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