Photos of a Christmas light display in a small Scottish village have gone viral after it was revealed that the adorable, wonky designs were sketched by local primary school children.
Since the early 2000s, the village of Newburgh, in Fife, has challenged local kids to submit festive drawings, with one selected each year to be brought to life into neon lights.
The winning artist gets to switch on the display for the first time in mid-November, and the runner-up sees their design turned into the town Christmas card.
The result is, according to many, one of the best light displays in the UK, with designs including a stick-figure angel and a Christmas cracker with legs.
This year, the lights were enjoyed by people all over the world, after photos shared by a resident of Newburgh on social media went viral.
“Our village Christmas lights are designed by the local primary kids and they are the single best thing about the festive season,” Poppy McKenzie Smith wrote on Twitter, attracting more than 140,000 likes.
“They do a competition each year, and the runner up gets made in to the town Christmas card. Also the winning kid gets to turn on the lights, like a local celebrity! It is just the BEST THING EVER,” she added.
Hundreds of people commented on the tweet, with one person writing: “I am now feeling the Christmas spirit in November sans humbug for the first time ever! What a wonderful idea, this needs to be a thing everywhere.”
Another said: “When can I move into town? This is the kind of community I would love to be a part of.”
A third person joked: “The turkey child is going places.”
There were concerns that the village would have to abandon the tradition this year, after coronavirus restrictions led to the cancellation of many events that fund the annual display.
But Newburgh Action Group, which puts on the event, refused to let it fall by the wayside.
Member Lynsey Adams told the village’s local newspaper that volunteers sold festive face masks and cards featuring past designs to raise the costs this year, ahead of the switch on over the weekend.
“The committee works really hard throughout the year to fundraise to cover the annual costs to make these events happen,” she told The Courier.
“This year it has been made more difficult, with the current pandemic and having to comply with all the social distancing rules, for us as a committee to fundraise in the usual way.
“But in the long run it has made us more determined as a community to show the true meaning of what community spirit is, to be able to put on the annual Christmas lights this year in the town.”
Poppy said the lights “went on earlier than usual this year to bring a bit of extra joy at a hard time”.
“We are spreading a bit of joy from Newburgh to the rest of the world,” she said.