The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 3, Light Up Someone’s Holiday
Do you ever get tired of all the beautiful, sparkling lights decorating trees and homes at this time of year? I never do. I love watching the faces of our kids when they spy yet another home all lit up for Christmas. We’re keeping a list, and checking it twice, of all the homes on our block that are lit up!
Not everyone has the means or ability to decorate, however. Is there a senior citizen in your neighborhood or a family struggling to make ends meet who would love a strand or two of lights scattered around their front yard? An inexpensive wreath and window decals can add a touch of extra Christmas spirit to a hospital room or the smallest apartment. You might even have an unwanted artificial tree sitting in the garage or attic that might be an appreciated gift to someone who won’t be able to afford a real one.
Another way to enjoy the holiday lights is to give a homemade certificate to the “First Place Winner” among all the homes decorated in your neighborhood. Last year we handed out two certificates, left them by the front doors, actually, to the two homes we thought had the best light displays. It was fun biking around our neighborhood, and then having a family pow-wow in the freezing temperatures to make our final choices!
This season can be one of beauty, warm memories, and excitement, but this year, there are thousands of newly unemployed people, and more families than ever who won’t have money for gifts and all the other holiday traditions of the past. This Christmas, more than ever, let’s all look for ways to light up someone’s holiday.
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