Winter is usually very dark.
Even in warmer places, bright days are brief, and the weak sunlight doesn’t do much to warm the body or spirit.
On this first full day of Christmas, take some time to think about how long about human kind invented fire and candles.
How nice especially on bitter cold nights to come to a roaring fire and a house lit by softly glowing candles.
So, first, the use of lights at Christmas time was just pragmatic, as Christmas happens during the winter.
Soon after we invented fire and harnessed light, we learned how to use beacons.
Very useful on long winter nights since light is often visible for great distances, like stars are.
So whether you placed lighted candles in windows or lit watch fires in the door yard or lined the roads with luminaria, you provide service and comfort to weary travelers and expected guests alike.
In modern applications, Christmas lights are less about about simple illumination than glitz.
Displays of 70,000 flashing LEDS on one lawn are impressive – visible as they are from space.
Favorite holiday treats for the people riding in the long lines of cars that thread through neighborhoods, they are as well a gentle and ironic homage to the Posada, when Joseph and Mary searched all of Bethlehem for an inn with a vacant room.
Other Christmas-types depend on holiday lights for illumination as well.
And even if Santa has finished his yearly run, it’s still Christmas.
So tonight leave some lights on.
And maybe fill some more bags with sand and candle to line your side of the street.
You’ve made your own luminaria, good for all the 12 days of Christmas and not just Christmas Eve.
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OFFICIAL BIO: K Truitt is a second-generation, native Floridian born in Jacksonville. Truitt worked in public higher education for 25 years and knows newspaper publishing, printing and graphic design. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org