PHOTOS: You show the lights that stop

Kathleen Duncan

Dec. 20, 2012 at 6:20 a.m.
Updated Dec. 22, 2012 at 6:22 a.m.

A tropical and whimical christmas light display at 103 Oakmont in Victoria.

A tropical and whimical christmas light display at 103 Oakmont in Victoria.

I have always loved Christmas. I grew up in one of those families that didn't go to church, but celebrated the holiday for tradition and togetherness.

Christmas was always one of my favorite times of year, almost tied with Halloween, which I adore for the fact you get to eat candy and scare people with no repercussions (theoretically).

But Christmas, to me, is more than a holiday, it's an entire season.

The tradition of Christmas lights is always something to look forward to. There is a certain warm fuzzy feeling that comes with cradling a hot chocolate and driving around festive neighborhoods to see twinkling displays of cheer. Each house gives you something special, whether it is reindeer, mangers, blow up snowmen or musical lights. Every home is unique.

Lighting up our homes is part of the season's goodwill toward others. We light up our homes on the outside, where everyone can enjoy them. Those lights are for our neighbors, friends and family. They are there to inspire smiles in those that drive by. It is part of the great spirit of this time of year.

I always feel that everything changes this time of year. People become nicer, more generous, more thoughtful. We look out for each other more, show our love more and try a little harder to better people. It is a time of year when there are more volunteers at soup kitchens and donations to those in need. It is a season of giving and of family.

As I drive by these homes, lit up and glowing softly in the night, I always feel like the world is just a little brighter because it is Christmas.

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