Christmas,  Essays,  Holidays,  Inspirational quotes

Keeping the light

 “Instead of fighting the darkness, you bring the light.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Several of our neighbors have taken down their outdoor holiday lights. Some packed them up and put them in storage on New Year’s Day, following some obscure law that requires us to hunker down in darkness as soon as last year’s calendar hits the recycle bin. Blocks of homes that once displayed a dazzling array of colorful lights have gone dark again — as if the carnival suddenly packed up and left town.

In my view, neighborhoods and shopping districts aglow with holiday lights are, pardon the pun, one of the highlights of winter — a season that doesn’t offer much else to love. Walking our dog on bitter January nights, I appreciate the folks who’ve kept their holiday lights on. I get a lift from the residual glow of holiday cheer. 

So, it looks like we’re in for another long, dark winter of brutal weather and coronavirus confinement. We could use a glimmer of hope. And while I don’t plan to leave our Christmas lights up until Easter, I’ve asked my husband to please keep them out just a little while longer. ~Cindy La Ferle 

Photo by Cindy La Ferle

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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