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article image'Fairy' lights cool down a hot Christmas Day in South Africa Special

By Christopher Szabo     Dec 25, 2010 in World
Pretoria - The Lawley Street Christmas lights are becoming something of a regular attraction in the South African city of Pretoria, contrasting images belonging to the cold Northern Hemisphere Christmas with the local heat.
Christmas Day here was hot, with not a cloud in the sky despite the predicted 60 percent chance of rain. The temperature reached 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees F).
So it was with relief that many Pretorians drove to Lawley Street, in the city’s posh Waterkloof suburb, to see the “fairy lights” as they are known locally.
This photo shows not only are the lights pretty  but the houses are mansions!
This photo shows not only are the lights pretty, but the houses are mansions!
It is not clear how it all started, but the residents of Lawley Street now deck out their homes with Christmas lights and it became a tradition. The pretty lights are a welcome addition to our hot and humid Christmas.
A  fairly light  rendition of a light!
A "fairly light" rendition of a light!
A well-lit decorated entrance to one of Lawley Street s beautiful homes.
A well-lit decorated entrance to one of Lawley Street's beautiful homes.
Is it one of Santa s reindeer? It certainly cheers up Pretorianers tired of the heat.
Is it one of Santa's reindeer? It certainly cheers up Pretorianers tired of the heat.
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