It’s Christmas on the Outer Banks. It is a magical time of the year. The kids are excited, there’s Christmas lights everywhere, people are in a good mood…it’s probably a lot like it is in most places.

The weather certainly took a turn to winter today. The wind shifted to the northeast, the temperature dropped, although that’s a relative term. There is no chance at all of freezing temperature, and a white Christmas is not going to happen.

But Christmas is still in the air. The Elizabethan Gardens features their annual Winter Lights which will continue through the upcoming week. It really is something special.

About the time the road to Nags Head Woods turns into a dirt road, that’s where the Poulos house is with it’s two acre Christmas light show that is a gift to the Outer Banks from the family. They do take donations—it costs a few thousand dollars to turn all those light on for the month—but regardless of circumstance, all are welcome.

That is the ideal of course, that we run our lives with a sense of generosity and joy, and that seems to be much of what makes the holidays so special—that we do remember how important the simple act of kindness is in bringing joy to those we meet.

From the Brindley Beach Vacations family to yours, may this be the very merriest of Christmases and may you have a very happy New Year.