Driving through a neighborhood the other day, I was delighted by all of the Christmas displays. Some were grand, some were modest, some were over the top. But one thing was obvious - people like decorating for the holidays.
Going past these homes, I had to wonder what some of the insides looked like. I know my daughters, and myself, have an assortment of Christmas decor, in addition to the tree; candles, pillows, angels, snowmen, etc. Some people have entire villages, that take hours to arrange, some people change out the pictures on their walls, some people have Santa hats or elf outfits for their pets. But it seems everybody loves the glitter and the glitz of the season. Everybody, it seems, has some Christmas bling.
People love to decorate, to celebrate. Halloween is beginning to give Christmas a run for the money - at least as far as decorations go. And if you go to New Orleans during Mardi Gras season, well, enough said.
I gave some thought to the why. Why do some people go all out with decorations for Christmas? Of course it's fun, it's festive, it's the spirit - ahh the spirit of Christmas. And what is that? Sharing, giving, happiness, enjoyment. All those lights, all those blow-up snowmen and Santas and reindeer, all those glistening angels and life size nativity scenes, all those illuminated houses with their twinkling lights surrounding every window and door and roofline - why? I don't really know the motivation, and I'm sure every individual has their own reasons, but it all contributes to the collective spirit of Christmas. It gives joy, it creates happiness, it brings smiles to the faces of the passers by. And for a little while, your cares can be left behind while you smile and ooh and ahh. It brings us all together.
So to those who light up the night, to the Griswold's of the world, to those that climb those ladders and get frost bitten fingers, to those who care and to those who share, I say Thank you! Thank you for the smiles and the bit of happiness you give, because, whether it even occurred to you or not, you do. May the spirit of this wonderful season stay with all of us. All year.