DAZZLING LIGHTS: ‘Christmas in Ansley’ brings joy to the season

first_img Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content The Taylors have transformed more than an acre around their home into a wonderland that is all-aglow with the characters of Christmas and spotlights the real reason for the season, the birth of the Christ Child.The Taylors have been openly and outwardly celebrating the holiday season with “Christmas in Ansley” for about four years.The idea for “Christmas in Ansley’ originated with Shanna, who loves children and loves to decorate. DAZZLING LIGHTS: ‘Christmas in Ansley’ brings joy to the season Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy community mourning the loss of former Charles Henderson and Troy Trojan John Johnson Former players, coaches and friends are mourning the death of former Charles Henderson and Troy University student-athlete John Johnson. Johnson,… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “I’m a hair dresser and a lot of my customers have children that come along with them for appointments,” Shanna said. “I started putting up outdoor decorations and the kids loved them. The more they enjoyed them, the more excited I became about the display and the more characters I added.”The Taylors titled their ever-growing display “Christmas in Ansley” and anchored the display with much-preferred “old-fashioned” displays.“Our grandparents had ‘antique’ display figures of hard blown plastic,” Shanna said. “That’s the  kind of hard plastic that was used years ago for outdoor Christmas displays. Aaron, Colt and I like the old-timey displays. They are our favorites so they are the focus of ‘Christmas in Ansley.’”The outdoor Christmas display depicts the characters of Christmas in a much-preferred “old-fashioned” way. However, the kind of displays the Taylors want for the focus of “Christmas in Ansley” are not often found in stores. Print Article Email the author Christmas season may be over for some people and in some places but not in Ansley, Alabama and not for Shanna and Aaron Taylor and their son, Colt.Around their home – literally ‘around’ their home’ –  Christmas will remain until after the ringing-in of the New Year.The Taylor home on the Shellhorn Road, about 10 miles from Troy, is a must-see for all who have Christmas in their hearts. You Might Likecenter_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Aaron Taylor travels so he is always alert to outdoor Christmas figures to add to and enhance “Christmas in Ansley.” So, some of the Christmas characters have been relocated from adjoining states.“Aaron is always looking for either blown plastic Christmas decorations or those that are handmade from wood or some other materials,” Shanna said. “I’m always looking, too, and year around, especially at yard sales. You never know what you might find.”Shanna said she also shops after-Christmas sales at the box stores, just on the chance they might have a Christmas character that would be at home in Ansley.Although the Taylors prefer the vintage items and traditional characters, they are not limited to something old, nor do they shy away from the less traditional characters of Christmas.“Christmas in Ansley” features both Santa Claus and The Grinch, something old, something new. So, the Taylors, with input from Colt, who has first-hand knowledge of what kids really have added characters of all kinds to their outdoor wonderland. Colt’s favorite display is the Singing Frogs.“Christmas in Ansley” includes Santa, and Mrs. Claus, the elves, Rudolph and the reindeer, snowmen and snowwomen, penguins, pups and a variety of woodland critters. Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy are among the favorites along with the church mice, singing frogs and the Grinch gang.The Taylors’ hope is that “Christmas in Ansley” brings the joy of Christmas to others and that it also brings added awarenss that the Christ Child is the real reason for the season. 123456789101112PrevNextStartStop By The Penny Hoarder Published 5:20 pm Friday, December 27, 2019 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Xavi changed mind after initially viewing Louis van Gaal as an “idiot”

first_img “After two days of training under him I thought, ‘Who is this idiot?’ After a week, I thought, ‘He’s right.’ He’ll always be in my heart, Louis van Gaal,” Xavi, now playing for Qatari club Al Sadd, told ESPN FC. “[He is a] good person, very good trainer. He has a very strong character but he’s calm in the Premier League because there’s less pressure. “He’s much calmer than when he was at Barca or Bayern Munich. He’s honest, methodical and a real perfectionist. “He’s very demanding, he’s strict and he wants to achieve the highest levels possible. “He’s a tough fighter, yet he put trust into me when I was 17 and 18 years old.” Xavi also has experience of being coached by Jose Mourinho, who worked for Van Gaal at Barcelona, and he had nothing but praise for the Portuguese, whose methods are under growing scrutiny at Chelsea. “He was excellent in his three years at Barca,” Xavi added. “They said he was a translator. Rubbish. He was the assistant coach, someone who understood the philosophy of Barca and who shared many of the same characteristics of Van Gaal. “He was very respected by the players. He trained us sometimes alone at Barca B and he was excellent. “I’m surprised that he became known for another type of football, more defensive, because he wasn’t like that with us.” Former Barcelona captain Xavi admits he initially thought Louis van Gaal was an “idiot” but changed his mind after a week working with him. The ex-Spain international was a youngster breaking through at the Nou Camp when Van Gaal was in charge at Barca and his first impression was not great. However, he soon altered his view and grew to love the Dutchman – a feeling which does not yet appear to have materialised among Manchester United fans since he took over at Old Trafford last year, with Xavi admitting the 64-year-old is also “poorly valued in the media”. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more