The returned of ‘Winter Wonderland’ in Lucedale
Anne Hunt is known for lighting up Lucedale, Mississippi with her beautiful Christmas lights. A few struggles in life forced her to put her display on hold. Now, her grandson decided to shine a light on Christmas this year with a return of this winter wonderland.
Over ten million lights and counting make up the home of Anne Hunt and her husband Daniel, who have the tradition of putting on this winter wonderland. People from as far as Jackson will come by just to check out the lights. “There was a little boy the other night who said ‘look, momma, the elves are living in this house and the helpers are living in the big house’ and it’s just precious.”
This beautiful Christmas tradition had to be put on hold for four years as Anne had to travel back and forth to Arkansas to help her mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. This year, Anne’s grandson, a freshman at the University of South Alabama, decided it was time to bring back some Christmas cheer. “Oh yeah, he was ready. He said ‘let’s go.’ I said ‘alright,’” said Daniel.
Anne said, “He’s come every weekend from college to help me put them up for the past two months. My husband, my daughter and my granddaughter worked real hard on it.”
With this Christmas tradition back up and running, residents of Lucedale came by to check out the wonderland as if it never left. “People think this is just a holiday for children, but the older people seem to love it more than the children do.”
Now, this tradition adds to the holidays for residents and loved ones, creating more Christmas memories for everyone to enjoy. “It’s been a joy at the mind and the grandson’s heart.”
“I just love to see people happy. I like to see the smiles on their face and it warms their heart, that’s what Christmas is all about.”