At this point in the new year, as a few eagle eyed observers will notice, there are those of us who steadfastly tow the line in being the very last person in one’s surrounding area to take down or, at the least, turn off their Christmas decorations.
It is a badge of honor.
One, I admit, I have been unable to secure.
This hasn’t happened due to a lack of sloth on my part; I feel I’m as lazy as the next guy. No, it is due mostly to the fact that it is nearly February and I ought to get in line with all the other folks in my neighborhood who have either enthusiastically or reluctantly taken down their festive holiday displays.
I lack the guts to endeavor to persevere.
Some of this is because the Christmas/Holiday season now stretches from Halloween through the new year. One would think at this rate Christmas and the buildup to it may soon exceed many more months, but we’ll save that apocalypse for the day it actually arrives.
It is also true that in our neck of the woods, pun intended, it is the most dreary time of the year and the sparkle and pop of iridescent lights illuminating the dank brings a needed relief from the dank. However, in truth, a person can only handle so much Christmasy crap to begin with.
In light of this-more cleverness, huh?-some have turned to the more promising spectacle of seasonal lights. On the road we often take to the mall and its many delights, one such adventurous soul now has his, or her, Valentine’s Day lights up, this after a festive Christmas display which followed a scary Halloween display. What they will do after Valentine’s Day is a matter of fierce debate between my wife and I as we try to conjure up what kind of display goes best with Easter. I, personally, don’t know how festive one might make crucifiction, but perhaps we’ll find out.
This is not to make light-huh, huh-of our desires to make merry throughout the year. Strings of lights adorn gates and gazebos, entryways and the like. And in the political gloom and rage of the day anything festive is something to cheer.
So, to the people who persevere to the very last to take down their Christmas lights, I say kudos, well done, you win…
You get the idea.
©2019 David William Pearce