Good morning. Well, today is the last Day of November. How quickly it has gone. We are now into the Christmas season. As I drove home last night, I must say that I really enjoyed seeing the lights decorating the homes and towns. It seems to brighten up everything...including my mood.
That made me think about the word LIGHT. When I looked up the word, there are so many different definitions and ways to use that word. I thought about the Christmas lights and how much a part of my life it was. I remembered as a child, growing up in the city of Chicago, during Christmas time, we would drive through a neighborhood that was near Belmont and Oak Park. This was called Candy Cane Lane during Christmas. These homes were decorated to the nines with lights and window displays with moving characters in the windows. Then to top it all off...they must have been a committee that got together and arranged for these very large letters to sit on the lawns. One house after another displayed the letters that spelled out MERRY CHRISTMAS. It was a magnificent display to view. Some even had music playing that you could listen to when you rolled down the windows. Oh, what a treat that was to take that ride around the neighborhood.
As I sit back and think about it...what a gathering of minds and neighbors to co-ordinate that. It was so much more than houses that decided to decorate for the holidays. It was the whole meaning of Christmas! Folks coming together to celebrate.
As years went by, the Candy Cane lane slowly dwindled and soon, nothing was left. By that time, we had children and learned of a place on the north side of Chicago/Lincolnwood. This was spectacular, but on a different vein. It is still something to go see. It is north of Devon, between Central and Cicero. There isn't as much these days as there was years ago when we had out children, but still a nice ride through the neighborhood. One home in particular is truly amazing. It has Christmas trees on 2 floors, viewable from the window and then a tree on the roof. The way that the shapes of the trees are makes you imagine that it is one huge tree that has crashed right out of the roof. Genius!
There is a park of of Higgins in Rosemont that we go to walk around and view the lights and the houses that have been specially set up in the park with displays inside the little homes. There is even a corner where there are live sheep and goats. A beautiful sight as well.
For me, it lightens my mood. I feel cheery and happy viewing those lights. I find a peace somewhere inside of me when I am viewing those illuminated scenes. When I was younger, one of the greatest things I enjoyed doing was writing my Christmas cards in the living room, next to the lit tree. I must say, for me, it was almost magical. When I think back to when I was really young and my families tree donned the old bubble lights, I would stare in amazement as the candle shaped light bubbled up. We have gone through so many changes in the ways that trees and homes are lit. From candles to the old bulbs, large and small, to colored Italian lights to white, then to all the colors of the rainbow. Then came the light covers and then later the shaped lights like bells, angels and poinsettias. Then we had rope lights , fiber optic and now we have LED and even solar lights. Whatever the case, they are a real "Feel Good Product". It makes your home feel LIGHT and happy.
There are those that put candles in their windows. I read a story once about how once, a women put the candle in the window for her son to come home from the war and kept it there year after year until she finally passed away...unfortunately without the return of her son. It stands as a welcome home symbol and when I see that in windows...I think about the person that displayed them...the type of person they might be and are they awaiting someone, anyone to come to their door.
I cannot help but think of lights as twinkling stars and the reason for celebrating Christmas. The star that the wise men followed and the joy it gave them upon finding Christ in a manger. Somehow, the lights today make me relive that story in my heart. I look forward to this season and seeing more lights put up. I will make sure to make time to get out and see the lights. I hope that you will as well. Tis the Season. Lighten up!