Since early childhood, one of my favorite Christmas traditions has been driving through neighborhoods to enjoy the decorations and lights. Today, I’m sharing our drive around the area as we continue the tradition.
The weather was brisk, and the sky was clear, so it was a good time to wear my over the knee boots with leggings. (Wet weather would have required lug soles.) My boots are at least three years old, but they are plain, and they have a low heel to remain timeless. Here is a similar pair.
The leggings are made from a heavy opaque knit, and I am wearing them over black tights for more warmth. A styling tip for leggings is to wear them with extra-long tops. Here I’m wearing a long black and gray vest layered over a gray Merino wool turtleneck sweater. The red scarf and gloves add a festive touch.
We did not discuss what we would wear, but he showed up wearing a similar color combo, as is often the case. We took photos of what we were wearing and a few photos of the Founders Park trees during daylight so that you could see some of the details. Local businesses and organizations decorated the trees. Read more about Christmas in the Park here.
We returned to the historic downtown to capture more photos after nightfall.
Above and below is the historic Jonesborough courthouse. Mr. Mickey’s office was there when he was the Assessor of Property for Washington County.
When we returned to Johnson City, we drove through our old neighborhoods, including the Tree Streets (all the streets have tree names) and the Gump Addition. (Locals know it as the Gump.) This historical neighborhood is situated about one mile northeast of downtown Johnson City; businessman Harry D. Gump purchased the property in 1907.
I lived in the right half of the duplex above when I met Mr. Mickey at a neighborhood Christmas party elsewhere in the Gump fifteen years ago.
Sharing my life and what I’ve learned has given me purpose and much delight over the years. Hearing from you is always a pleasure. Thank you for being part of this community.
I’m taking a short break, but I’ll be back with more tips and ideas next Tuesday. Wishing you a safe and peaceful Christmas.
Mary Ann Sestak is the winner of the scarf giveaway. Congratulations!
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