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don’t let the light go out

December 31, 2011

New Year’s Eve.

This ought to be a great holiday. It needs to be totally revamped; supplied with a whole new set of traditions. Preferably drawn from the Middle Ages.

It’s my personal mission to sustain the twelve days of Christmas. What is wrong with people, that they think Christmas is over when it’s hardly begun? All that time preparing, and no time to enjoy it.

Even in this depressed year, we had wonderful light displays all around town. After the play, the other night, we drove around looking at them. Of course I ended up slumped in the back seat after awhile, my head spinning from driving up and down hills and doubling back to make sure we caught them all. But it really was an amazing array to see.

Our street is justly famous– again, no thanks to us. Down the way are two houses that rival each other every year; here’s one of them:

It goes on and on; I didn’t get it all, by any means. It even has a little radio station playing music co-ordinated with the patterns.

I’m going to try to post a few more houses, though I haven’t really mastered the art of photographing lights. One by one, they’re going dark. Winter is going to seem a lot colder, before long.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2012 10:32 AM

    I am 100% in agreement with you. Some people take their tree down Christmas afternoon!!! I cannot even imagine that! (okay, we didn’t have a tree this year. But when we have one, it stays until at least 12th night. ) The time after Christmas day seem so sad; if people were still partying and leaving their decor up it wouldn’t seem so dreary. Why are all holiday parties before a holiday? Why can’t an Xmas party be after Xmas? More people would show up, since there were be fewer conflicts with other parties. Not that we go or give parties. And where are my eight maids a milking?

    Okay, are there tiny little snowflakes drifting on this page, or do I have a migraine aura?

    • E. A. Peregrine permalink
      January 1, 2012 11:24 AM

      Yes! the time for Christmas parties is after Christmas Day. It’s such a beautiful time, between Christmas and Twelfth Night. I had a friend who used to have a wonderful Christmas party every year, and when she decided to have it after Christmas, it was such a relief. It was the perfect time. When I was a kid, we used to have a New Year’s Eve party, that was just like a drop-in; everyone in the neighborhood would come in for awhile, even if they had someplace else to go. The only thing missing was mummers.

      WordPress snow, eh? pretty cool. Unfortunately, it only goes till January 4, so they are also unclear on the concept, though improving.

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