Some people sing carols, some people bake shortbread or sit home soused on spiked eggnog. Our idea of Christmas tradition is loading the kids in the back seat, filling a Thermos with cocoa and miniature marshmallows and joining the caravan of limos and luxury vans snaking along the precipitous streets of Brentwood's pimped-out Fountainhead subdivision. Every holiday season, this hillside enclave of mega-dollar mansions says "Happy Birthday, Jesus!" with a lavish array of seasonal bling--inflatable eight-foot nutcrackers, snow globes, hundreds of thousands of lights, and electric snowflakes in the treetops. The higher up along the narrow, winding streets you drive, the more the three-story houses resemble the Close Encounters mothership come to rest in the Williamson County foothills. When you reach the top, on a clear night, the county below is a patchwork of twinkling lights. And now that gas no longer costs more than caviar, the trip's even more enticing. To make the experience complete, tune in Delilah on 92.9 FM and see how fast the queen of call-in sob stories can reduce the entire car to sentimental snuffling.
Mondays-Sundays. Starts: Dec. 18. Continues through Dec. 26, 2008