Christmas Conversation #14: Do lighting displays add to or detract from the real meaning of Christmas?
|Christmas Conversation #14: Do lighting displays add to or detract from the real meaning of Christmas?By Stacey TuttleIt’s Christmastime and people around the US are risking their lives on their rooftops putting up Christmas lights. There are those who choose to inundate their yard with garish lights and wooden cut outs of every possible Christmas icon: Santa, all the Reindeer, the Grinch, Elves, The Abominable Snowman, Frosty, Joseph, Mary, Jesus and all the Wisemen, camels, barnyard animals…they can’t decide on a theme, so it’s one big happy party for EVERYone in their yard! This yard even includes Bart Simpson…because, he’s a Christmas tradition right up there with Rudolph, right? I love the description, someone commented that this yard is decorated “a la Clark Griswald and Martha Stewart on [drugs]” …do you have some of these in your neighborhood?
Or, I always like the ones that are timed to music…and almost inevitably they choose some Mannheim steamroller song… Here is a pretty amazing one! (Although, I suspect his neighbors may not find it quite as “amazing” as his youtube fans do.)
Then you have the people who opt for humor … apparently, the Fire department got so many calls from concerned (and duped) passersby on this display, they finally asked the owner to take it down.
Of course, other people tone it down and go for the simply aesthetic, classically elegant approach…I have to say this is my personal favorite when I’m driving around looking at Christmas lights.
And finally you have those who focus on the spiritual aspects of the season by having a nativity scene in their front yard. (Since I just told you my favorite approach was the elegant one…does that make me seem super un-spiritual if I don’t change my mind and say this is my favorite one??? Hmmm…I guess I’ll choose honesty over false spirituality.)
Anyhow, regardless your preference for light displays in your yard, the question remains, is there a downside to holiday lights? Is there a potential for holiday lighting to take away from the real meaning of Christmas? Or do they add something special in meaning and symbolism to the Christmas experience?
What are your thoughts?
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