The Devine News would like to extend a huge thanks to the many people who helped make this fundraiser a success, including Devine Hospice who donated $5,000 as part of the campaign to light up our city and light up children’s lives, Medina Electric which donated $1,250 to this cause, the DJ Carlson Memorial Fund who donated $500 for the 1st place prize, the Devine Lion’s Club for sponsoring the trophies, and the many entry fee donations from the community totaling $1,332, and for the Bourcier family who chose to donate their prize to HANK upon accepting the award for 1st Place in the Residential Category.
In all, $7,332 was raised to help fund local community foster homes and buy Christmas gifts for local foster children served by HANK.
1st Place-If you haven’t driven by Felipe’s Tire Shop at night, take the kids on by. They have the most creative Christmas tree we’ve ever seen built entirely from tires, painted green and decorated beautifully. You’ll also find a comical scene of Santa’s ride being lifted on a jack by two snowmen changing his tires. The snowmen are also made of tires, painted in white. All of the characters built from tires are decorated to perfection, and are sure to bring you a smile. It’s all set underneath their display of warm colorful Christmas lights, and tires hanging from the roof like Christmas wreaths.
2nd Place-Morales Towing has a beautifully lit storefront on Hwy 132. You can’t miss it shining brightly along the highway with tons of red and white lights with garland arranged in a well organized pattern, including a candy-striped pole with bright wreath on top. One of the tow trucks is also lined in pretty lights and a big bright red bow on the front in another clever display. A beautifully lit Christmas tree also sits on the front porch of this warm scene. Front and center, you’ll also find a beautiful manger scene.
3rd Place-The First United Methodist Church in Devine has a beautiful wooden manger display. The bright, colorful manger scene is set up on the corner of the property, and the church’s beautiful stain glass window can be seen in backdrop adding the ambiance.
1st Place– At 715 Jack Nicklaus you’ll be greeted with festive green, red, and white Christmas lights and the sounds of the season playing from a very unique and delightful little white church displayed in the yard. This elegant and beautiful display puts the reason for the season front and center with the little white church and also a stunning wooden manger scene with beautiful lights shining through it like stars. You’ll also find a couple of Santa’s reindeer in the yard, dressed in white lights and with a red nose to add the perfect touch. Warm lights lining the sidewalk and draping over the hedges also adorn the yard.
2nd Place-At 104 Jamison you’ll find a rainbow wonderland of Christmas lights hanging from every tree and direction in the most creative fashion. The scene shines so beautifully and brightly it can be enjoyed all the way down the road as you pass down Hwy 173. You’ll also find cute characters such as Santa, Rudolf, Mrs. Claus, elf, and a horse and carriage in this magical scene with such vibrant, cheerful colors.
3rd Place-Residents at 412 W. Coker have a beautifully lit home with reindeer grazing in the yard and on the roof too. You’ll also love the beautiful bright white snowman, penguin, and polar bear. A patriotic red, white and blue tree, and sidewalks and windows all intricately lined in white lights. It also included some pretty animated purples, blues, and greens dropping from some of the trees, all in a very well-organized patterns. Holiday scenes are also projected onto the front of the home. A gorgeous tree adorned in warm white lights is also elegantly displayed in the front window.
Winter Wonderland Award
At the Fernandez home on Miller Street in Natalia, you’ll find what has to be one of the biggest, most magical displays of Christmas blow-up characters. It is truly a Winter Wonderland! You’ll find everything from Gingerbread men spinning around in a giant cup of hot cocoa, to a helicopter on the roof, a T-Rex eating the Christmas presents, Christmas Ninja Turtles, a giant Ana and Elsa snow globe, to a comical Minion character popping up out of the top of a Christmas tree. Front and center, is a manger display, and the whole Christmas garden is surrounded by a string of lights as well as the home lit up in the background. It’s a must see for the kiddos!
Silent Night Award
At 208 Harralton Circle you’ll find the Squire home adorned in a warm display red, white, green, and blue Christmas lights with the words Merry Christmas sprinkled in the yard like snow. To the right, you’ll see a beautifully lit statue of Mary, Joseph, adoring Baby Jesus. This scene truly celebrates the reason for the season in a simple, beautiful way.
The Runyans have a beautiful display at 253 Malone Drive, with intricate red and white candy-stripped trees, and sidewalks and yard lined in deep red lights. You’ll also find some of Santa’s reindeer grazing in the yard under the Oak trees in this beautiful, warm, traditional display.
At the Boyd home at 513 Wedgewood Way, you’ll find a beautifully lit home with a comical, realistic Santa Claus lounging under the carport next to the camper. We thought it might really be Greg Boyd, propping up his feet and relaxing after stringing those pretty lights on the rooftop! A beautiful “V” pattern of lights adorn the roof of the home to compliment the delightful toy shop display and wooden manger decor in the yard, as well as the sidewalk lined in warm white lights.