Knowing words helps in viewing the display

Grayson County’s Holiday Lights continues through the end of the month at Loy Park and I hear lots of area families have already been through the display a time or two. On a recent trip through with our little ones, we declared that the displays based on the Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” were our favorite.

When the Herald Democrat crew worked the display earlier this month, we had a number of people stop at the end and ask us for help with the words to the carol. I am afraid I wasn’t much help. However, I noticed people were asking the same question of the volunteers on the night we took the little ones, so I thought I would look up the words just in case some might like to take them along with them to the display.

The numbered displays are cute and quite easy to figure out if one remembers even some of the song’s words, but a cheat sheet never hurts. Start with one partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves, three french hens, four calling birds, five golden rings, six geese-a-laying, seven swans-a swimming, eight maids-a-milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords a leaping, eleven pipers piping and finish with twelve drummers drumming.

Grayson County Holiday Lights is totally volunteer driven and the money collected at the end of the display goes to keep the lights shining bright for years to come. Some of the money pays the light bill and some pays for the county staff who show up each night to turn the lights on and keep them on. The folks taking up the donations at the end don’t get a penny though, so be sure and wish them a Merry Christmas.

When we were out there this year, we were delighted by the number of people who bring their four-legged family members through the display with them. The dogs can’t tell us how much they love the lights, but their wagging tails seem to be some indication.

So bring out the little ones, your cheat sheet and the family pet. The more the merrier.

Happy birthday Tuesday to Alan Burton, Mallory Hightower, Don Wortman, Imari Haywood, Carol Longmire, Georgianna Malone, Louis Barron, Carol Thomas, and twins, Abby Noblett and Jessie Noblett, all of Sherman; Roger Reed of Gunter; Marilyn Ruth Braxton, Zelda Woodrum, Deira Braxton, all of Denison; Velma Montgomery of Whitewright; Jeana Ellis Pethel and Shane Fretwell, both of Pottsboro; James Wilson Rhome of Tyler; Stephen Grady Van Horn of Austin; Judith Anne Brown of Dallas; Bradon Hicks of Wylie; Tangee Rucker of Denton; Kathryn Hite of Gainesville; Jeannie Toles of Van Alstyne; Connie Harmon of Ravenna; John Coffey and Katrina Holcomb.