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Christmas Countdown 12.0

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Welcome to the Winter Solstice. ~Vic

From Why Christmas:

The evergreen Fir Tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (Pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.

Town Christmas Tree Image One
Town Christmas Tree
12-05-2020
Town Christmas Tree Image Two
All Lit Up
12-09-2020
Reinvintaged Tree Image Three
Re-Invintaged
12-09-2020
Jupiter Saturn Conjunction Image Four
The Great 2020 Conjunction
Christmas Star
Image Credit: staffblogs.le.ac.uk

Christmas Countdown 11.0

Christmas Countdown 9.0

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Another Gingerbread House submission. I walk past this house every day. It’s nice to see these historical homes being restored. We had another house jacked up on on stilts 18 months ago while the foundation was repaired. ~Vic

If you’d like to vote:
Homes for the Holidays 2020

House On Sticks Gingerbread House Image One
Adult Category
12-09-2020
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Girl Holds Up House Image Two
Girl holds up the house.
Trick the Eye
12-09-2020
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House On Sticks Image Three
Window Insert
12-09-2020
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House Before Sticks Image Four
Prior to construction.
Folk Victorian Home
07-14-2020
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Work Progresses Image Five
Initial work begins.
07-21-2020
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Up On The Stilts Image Six
Just starting the frame
for the concrete basement/garage.
12-08-2020
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Christmas Countdown 8.0

Christmas Countdown 6.0

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Here’s to the Charlie Brown way of decorating. ~Vic

Charlie Brown Tree Image One
Just a few ornaments.
12-05-2020
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Charlie Brown Tree Image Two
Or, no ornaments at all.
“It’s all fun and games until
Santa checks the naughty list.”

12-13-2020
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Natural Ornament Image Three
Natural ornaments are lovely.
12-13-2020
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Hot Tin Roof Winter Wonderland Image Four
And, if you don’t have snow,
make your own.
Winter Wonderland. Have a beer.
Hot Tin Roof Bar
12-13-2020
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Christmas Countdown 5.0

Christmas Countdown

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[For the next 15 days, I will be posting pictures of local Christmas stuff as Christmas Day draws near. If anyone wants to participate in their own Christmas Countdown and post local stuff from their area, hit me up with a link back. ~Vic]

Our residents and business owners are participating in a Gingerbread House competition. They are re-creating some of the historic homes and historic buildings. At some point, someone will be doing a re-creation of the Occaneechee Speedway (part of the birth of NASCAR).

There are two categories and you can vote for one favorite in each category:
Homes for the Holidays 2020

Midlawn Webb-Patterson Gingerbread House Image One
Youth/Family Category
12-05-2020
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Midlawn Webb-Patterson House Image Two
The Real Midlawn/Webb-Patterson House
1881
08-16-2020
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POTD: Fountain

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I saw this at a side door at our Historical Museum. I have no idea how old it is or if it was always there, outside or came from inside. It’s interesting, though. ~Vic

Water Fountain Image
05-15-2020

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Shutterbug Saturday: Beach Shots

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We are fifteen days out from the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. It’s already cold and dark before the six o’clock news comes on. For some warmth, here are some shots from a beach trip I took back in 2011. ~Vic

Sunset Image One
Clam Digger Inn
Pine Knoll Shores
History
10-28-2011
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Sunset Image Two
Setting sun over the Crystal Coast.
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Setting Sun Image Three
Late afternoon beach stroll.
10-29-2011
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As Far As The Eye Can See Image Four
Infinity
Visit NC
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