That brings us together and fills us with cheer.
A Christmas tradition in which we all share
Is riding 'round looking at lights everywhere.
It's always a treat when we pile in the car
And drive around looking at homes near and far...
It Really Said Christmas is Mississippi author/illustrator Laurie Parker's lyrical tale of a tour of fun and festive holiday displays. Through her trademark rhyming verse and whimsical paper collage artwork, Parker captures the spirit of a popular ritual, and presents a poignant and memorable message about the real meaning of Christmas. Both children and children-at-heart will enjoy accompanying the family in the story as they take their annual ride past brightly adorned homes and yards.
Was one of the highlights of this season's ride.
Beside a magnolia, it swayed to and fro.
A speaker nearby played the song, "Let It Snow."
This mechanized snowman was such a delight.
It really said Christmas -- all merry and bright.
Was done up completely in icicle lights.
They sparkled like crystal. They made the house nice.
It shone like a magical palace of ice.
This glistening showcase could dazzle a crowd.
It really said Christmas. It said it real loud!
We paused and we gazed at this simple display --
Just plain plywood figures and pine straw for hay.
A streetlight nearby cast a soft gentle glow
On Joseph and Mary and Jesus below.
It wasn't electric or flashy or bright.
It didn't have colors that lit up the night.
And yet, although humble and homemade and small,
It Really Said Christmas