It is that time of year fortrees, lights, mistle-toe and Menorahs. Lights around Christmas have a special joy for me and not just because they once signified the arrival of Santa (the best set of landing lights a child could entertain). Eventually, the way they reflected off nature like pine trees and snow, got me to thinking of the Light of the World, God, and life in general. This made for many spiritual moments of reflection.
Before I dive into the history of Christmas lights and Christmas tree decorating, I wanted to introduce to the pictures you will see throughout from my neighborhood as well as invite you to take time out, take some pictures and share yours. There is something quite special about these pictures. I know a lot of neighborhoods decorate but there isn't charm to quaint little homes and that nearly everyone gets on the bandwagon. Since we have moved to the area of Allen Park, the area is growing on me. And one thing I particularly is everyone decorates. In a matter of around 12 blocks of neighborhood, I took well over 100 photos and I tried to post a large amount of them here, but some were repetitive looking and others I didn't shoot that well. I include others not shot well because the blur looked cool! It is not that these are the best ever decorations I've ever seen but more the quantity, the participation, which gives this area a sense of community rather than the separation we see going on out there a lot. So, enjoy plenty of pictures and a little bit of history.