Twinkle lights, wreaths with bows, nativity scenes herald the holidays

Decorating their home in the 400 block of Gittings Avenue with strands of twinkle lights has been a 22-year-long tradition for Bill And Bonnie Ariano. Bill started with six strands — now the number is uncountable.

It's not unusual for people to stop by and take pictures, they said, and they have received gifts from appreciative visitors to the house that sits on the Baltimore city-county border. But last year, they got a letter to thank them that started, "Dear Christmas House ... ."

"It has really been touching," Bonnie said.

At this time of year, however, it's not hard to find dozens and dozens of homes throughout Towson, Timonium, Lutherville and Cockeysville gussied up for the holidays.

A house at in the 700 block of Seminary Avenue is tastefully decorated with greenery, including wreaths dressed with big red bows spotlighted at every window.

And, a home on East Burke Avenue in Towson features a nativity scene amid a display of poinsettias, a plant associated with Christmas because of its star-shaped pattern which is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem.

Take a walk or a drive in your neighborhood to enjoy the sights of the season. If you come across a notable display, snap a shot and send it to us at for possible use in an upcoming issue of the Towson Times.

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