Lake Highlands has some beautiful holiday displays, from 10,000 bulbs on the Walnes’ giant tree on Caribou Trail to John Henton’s mini trees sprouting up in yards all over the neighborhood to the Shoults family’s front yard blow mold collection. The granddaddy of them all, though, is the Twelve Days of Christmas.
It’s been 33 years since Donna Jenkins first proposed decorating Timberhollow Circle’s fourteen homes around the popular Christmas rhyme. Working from illustrations in a children’s book, neighbors there installed wooden yard art with lords a’leaping, drummers drumming and French hens. The attraction remains popular, often drawing groups from across the metroplex in limos and rented passenger vans. Visitors move slowly through the cul-de-sac, some packing baskets of cookies and hot chocolate while singing along via 87.7 FM on the radio.
When your family visits the display this year, you’re invited to drop off a warm coat or blanket for Loving All Peoples. The nonprofit was founded by Lake Highlands High School graduates Melissa and Kyle Jenkins to serve immigrant, refugee and lower income families in Lake Highlands and Vickery Meadow. Loving All Peoples provides welcome dinners for refugee families when they arrive from war torn nations and connects them to people, services and programs to help get them on their feet. Kyle is the son of Steve and Donna Jenkins.
Gently used coats and blankets may be dropped into Santa’s red bag inside the gate at the seven swans a’swimming home. You may also donate directly on the Loving All Peoples website here or buy their cute merch here.