How the Preston Forest Holiday Luminaries All Began
Years ago in the early 70’s when our Preston Forest Garden Guild (PFGG) was first organized, we discussed a way that we could all as a neighborhood do something unique for the Christmas holiday season. Ben and I and our family, having lived in Memphis,TN for a few years in the mid to late 60’s while he was selling chemicals throughout the Southeast for Eastman Chemical Products, Inc. (the sales division of Tennessee Eastman Chemical Company), enjoyed the uniqueness of various neighborhoods in the Memphis city area. Each neighborhood would decorate individual streets all the same way, which was quite different from anything we’d ever seen.
I shared this with our PFGG group and about the same time, Guidepost Magazine came out with a brief article about a Christmas tradition in Mexico. The people of Mexico would celebrate Christmas by lighting candles in bags anchored by sand which they sat in a pathway all the way to their doors, providing light for the Christ Child to find His way to their homes. At that time it was decided that we could do this on our streets for our whole Preston Forest neighborhood which would uniquely show our togetherness! We are happy to say that this has been a tradition for over some 40 years and we are so happy to to share this with our friends and neighbors as well as any others that enjoy driving through our neighborhood on Christmas Eve!!!
Carol Jane DeGreen
Charter Member PFGG