Friday night's temperature was in the mid 50s and balmy, but Christmas was in the air nonetheless.
Come on in!
Even the ground under your feet was lit up.
How did they DO that?
A machine made snow to give southern kids a taste of winter. They loved pelting each other with snowballs, just like kids Up North.
There were lights glowing everywhere you looked, and yes, those are palm trees on the far side of the water!
Ridgeland is a small town with little industry and a lot of poverty. There are many immigrants and minorities who live here, and that combined with the poverty can create social problems.
Most of the lighted decorations were sponsored by a single families and this display seemed especially meaningful as kids and families of every race enjoyed the Christmas spirit together Friday night.
The lights were magical. You could see it in the faces of the children.