Merry Christmas everyone!
It’s no secret that I love my city, so I wanted to share some pictures from around town. I live in Charleston, SC, which is one of the top tourist destinations in the country. It’s a beautiful, fun, and exceptionally warm place to live.
First, I’ll my own Christmas decorations. While we live in Suburbia by the Swamp and far from downtown, our decorations are technically in a Charleston ZIP Code.
It’s not super obvious in the picture, but we used colorful lights on our tree this year. Two strands of lights on our pre-lit tree burned out, so Clay and I ended up taking all the white lights off.
Let’s just say taking the lights off a pre-lit tree is crazy hard on your fingers, and mine hurt even a few days later- yikes! It was worth it to see the beautiful tree decorated with all my ornaments and those handed down from my mom and grandma.
We also hung our Carolina Gamecock and Vera Bradley stockings by the fireplace. Since it’s our first Christmas in our new home, we’re enjoying the stockings by the fireplace. Living in Charleston, I doubt the fireplace will be used for any other purpose.
Here in West Ashley, even our local Coburg Cow got into the Christmas spirit. The sign with the spinning cow is still in town, even though the Coburg dairy is closed. Instead, we have Borden milk here, which is why the egg nog in the picture is Borden brand.
People use the spinning cow (some have named her “Westie” for West Ashley Cow) for directions here- as in, a location is “a few blocks from the cow”.
There’s also a Christmas tree in Colonial Lake– it lights up at night, but I haven’t gotten there to take a picture of it after dark. Sometimes friends and I meet near Colonial Lake to run- there’s a running and walking path around the lake as well as parking.
Another fun part of Downtown Charleston around Christmas is the model train display in the Charleston Place hotel. One of my friends, Jeanette, works at the hotel and posted about it on Facebook, telling everyone to check it out. It’s worth stopping in for if you’re downtown during the holidays.
I’m not a big model train fan, but it has something for everyone… even mountains and a ski lift!
Here’s the outside of Charleston Place hotel and shops, as seen from King Street. The city closes King Street to car traffic (pedestrians only) every Sunday afternoon during the month of December. It brings business into the shops and gives people a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather. There are wreaths on the light poles downtown too.
Before church on Sunday, a quartet played Moravian Christmas carols as people walked in. I heard them walking down Meeting Street before realizing they were outside my church. I attend Circular Congregational Church, a historical church on Meeting Street. It’s existed since the 1600s and prides itself as a “progressive and inclusive spiritual community”. Being more spiritual than religious, it’s my kind of place.
The service had a lot of musical numbers featuring the choir, guest musicians, and some Charleston Symphony Orchestra performers.
I hope everyone enjoyed the pictures and that you can all enjoy your city’s holiday festivities, too! Happy holidays!