Photos of a Christmas lights in a small Scottish village went viral after it was revealed that the cute, wacky designs were sketched by local elementary school kids.
Since the early 2000s, the village of Newburgh, in Fife, has challenged local children to submit festive drawings, one of which is selected each year to bring to life in neon lights.
The winning artist gets to switch on the display for the first time in mid-November and the number two will see their design change in the city’s Christmas card.
The result is considered by many to be one of the best light curtains in the UK, including an angel with stick figure and a Christmas cracker with legs.
This year, the lights were enjoyed by people around the world, after photos shared on social media by a Newburgh resident went viral.
“The Christmas lights in our village are designed by the local elementary school children and they are the very best of the holidays,” Poppy McKenzie Smith wrote on Twitter, attracting more than 140,000 likes.
“They compete every year, and second place is earned with the town’s Christmas card. Also, the winning child gets to turn on the lights, like a local celebrity! It’s simply the BEST EVER,” she added.
Hundreds of people responded to the tweet, with one person writing, “I’m feeling the Christmas spirit for the first time in November without a humbug! What a great idea, this must be a thing everywhere.”
Another said, “When can I move to the city? This is the kind of community I would like to be a part of.”
A third person quipped, “The turkey kid is going places.”
There were concerns that the village would have to give up the tradition this year, after the coronavirus restrictions led to the cancellation of many events funding the annual showing.
But the Newburgh Action Group, which organizes the event, refused to leave it out.
Member Lynsey Adams told the village’s local newspaper that volunteers were selling festive face masks and cards with past designs to increase costs this year, in anticipation of the weekend switchover.
“The committee works very hard throughout the year to raise money to cover the annual costs for these events,” she told The Courier.
“This year, with the current pandemic and having to comply with all social distance rules, it has been made more difficult for us as a committee to raise money in the usual way.
“But in the long run, it has made us more determined as a community to show the true meaning of community spirit to be able to turn on the city’s annual Christmas lights this year.”
Poppy said the lights “went earlier than usual this year to bring a little extra joy in difficult times.”
“We’re spreading a little bit of joy from Newburgh to the rest of the world,” she said.