Our Christmas tree claims over 1200 lights along with various ornaments made by the kids or bought from vacation spots. I’m wondering why we light up our corners of the world with bright colorful lights around this time of year, getting ready for Christmas in “the bleak mid-winter.” That’s part of the answer. We do not like the dark and gloomy winter so we add lights to ward off our feelings of gloom and shadowy dimness of mind.
Weeks before Christmas, as soon after Thanksgiving as allowed, we get out the boxes of decorations and start changing our settings. At our house we take away the usual decor on table tops and replace them with delightful, stored-away Christmas-themed decorations. Our daughter and her husband have found a good way to make the exchange. We place the usual items in the empty boxes until after Epiphany and exchange them when we store away the Christmas decorations.
Becky and Paul start with putting lights on the Christmas tree. This year they started with all white lights and I thought they had finished. No. Then they hung strings of colored lights. Next Becky got into the carefully stored ornaments and finished decorating the tree while Paul went outside to spruce up the setting for those who drive by. He strung red and white lights around the two columns like peppermint sticks. Then he added various colored lights on bushes, hung a star in a tall tree, and brought out his favorite, a small Christmas tree he had bought for very little a couple of years ago. His lights on the tree and bushes and columns are all on a timed switch to turn on and off. Oh yes, last year we bought a stand-up plastic board Nativity scene and Paul places a spotlight on that.
Everything is well lit―the outdoors, the Christmas trees, outside and inside, the mangers and village on the sofa table against the wall, along with lit décor in other places. Lights! And have we exhausted the reasons? No. For behind all these lighted decorations, we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. Consider the Son of God as the Light of the world who came to bring life to all. He is the eternal Light who shines in our dark world.
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12, ESV). Light up your rooms and your heart and bring that Light into the world. Merry Christmas.