Christmas time provides us all with an opportunity to reflect on those things that matter most in life–our families, the gospel, and our natural feelings of love and generosity toward our fellow men. The collective memories of Christmases past bring with them feelings of love, joy and peace.
Over the years, one of the simple joys of Christmas for me has been decorating the house with lights. There is something about a house glowing with lights that brings with it feelings of warmth and joy–a sense of contentment and happiness. Lights on the house, lights on the tree, and candles all bring those feelings of peaceful reflection and for children feelings of joyful anticipation.
However, there are other, more practical memories of Christmas lights, and those not necessarily associated with peace. The frustration of trying to get the pre-strung lights on the artificial tree properly connected and the burned out strands replaced–and the patience required as we waited nearly twenty years before being able to purchase lights for the exterior of our home. Then there are the hilarious moments associated with trying to get the outdoor lights properly attached along the roof line of two story houses.