I am one of those people during the holiday season that gets overly excited at the sight of Christmas lights. Yes, I may actually let out an audible squee and screaming “CHRISTMAS LIGHTS” in what could be classified as the most annoying or adorable thing in the world depending on who you ask. So, why do I bring this up? Because during one of our darkest times, some people are sharing the lights.
A trend is starting on social media of people starting to put their Christmas lights back up. Why? The gesture will allow people social distancing and trying to flatten the curve to be able to get out of the house and look at something. Someone made the suggestion on Twitter and people started run with the idea.
What if we all put our Christmas lights back up? Then we could get in the car and drive around and look at them. That seems like a fair social distancing activity.
— Lane Grindle (@lanegrindle) March 15, 2020
And from that idea, Christmas lights started to make their way back on to houses. The human spirit is proving how strong it is. There are going to be a lot of smiles on some children’s faces when you tell them we are going to go look at Christmas lights.
— Kim Lorich (@Lorich06) March 19, 2020
Love this idea!! We put one of ours back out last night! pic.twitter.com/HMeIdy3e0y
— Baby Sideburns (@BabySideburns) March 20, 2020
— The children of deported parents are gone forever. (@MonkyChi83) March 18, 2020
My youngest son was bored today and said, "can we put Christmas lights on our tree outside to cheer us up?" Great idea buddy. Lights are on tonight as a sign of hope and the sweet mind of my 10 year old. #Rhodeisland #hope #lovemysons #Christmas #Cumberland pic.twitter.com/qhVjeuLc02
— Mike Griffin (@rhodyknowsbest) March 16, 2020
Let's face it, it sucks out there. Why not have something wonderful to look at while driving around. Let's put up our Christmas lights during this whole coronavirus era and give our communities something joyful. #COVID #LockedDownLightsUp #stayhomechallenge pic.twitter.com/x5AgQBZKYi
— Dan Garcia (@Dan_Garcia76) March 18, 2020
We need more hope, kindness and cheer in this time of darkness and uncertainty so I plugged my Christmas lights back in on my porch. #coronakindness #walkinginmemphiswithkimber #speedwayradio #spreadcheer #spreadlight #bekind #memphis pic.twitter.com/a7WU8lYi1S
— Kimber Tomlinson (@OnAirWithKimber) March 18, 2020
Today a few of my neighbours decided we needed a bit more light in this dark time and decided to turn their Christmas lights back on. I hope it brings a smile to you face like it did mine. pic.twitter.com/MukgY36FTj
— Nadine (@NadineGB204) March 18, 2020
Families have been putting up their Christmas lights in March to bring a little joy in this time of global crisis.
The coronavirus has put a heavy blanket on the world and it is refreshing to see people making an attempt to lighten the dullness. pic.twitter.com/FoOMhbxPTC
— Obey Da Silva ?? #BloGeneral (@obeydasilva1) March 19, 2020
So, how can you make this a night out with the family you ask? Here are some ideas:
Before heading out check to see if you have a local coffee shops in the area, helping out small businesses is key in keeping them around. If they have a drive thru, you are set. Hot Chocolate for the kids, a warm coffee for the parents, and even a puppacino for your four-legged friend.
If you have been impacted by the virus, it’s completely understandable. Grab your favorite beverage from home. Make hot chocolate, brew a pot of coffee, grab a soda, drink some water (stay hydrated), if they still make Squeeze Its. It doesn’t matter what you have as long as you are all together.
Hell, throw on a Christmas song or two. I know you are tired of hearing those songs during the time from of September 1st to New Year’s, but you need to set the mood. Looking for something a little less traditional, try Trans-Siberian Orchestra or Lindsey Stirling.
And that is all you need for a short night out of viewing Christmas lights with your family. And once the night is complete, finish the night with a board game or kicking one parent’s butt at some Mario Kart. Or you can watch a week of Christmas movies on Hallmark. A Cheesy feel good story could be chicken soup for the soul.
The lights during the holiday season offer smiles to a lot of people. So, why not? Let’s do something different. Adding some holiday magic to this time wouldn’t hurt.