The Magic of Twinkle Lights

The Magic of Twinkle Lights

sandy-cox
SJ is part of a local writers group in Senoia that meets the third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Senoia Library.  You can also follow more of her writing at creativejuices-sjcox.tumblr.com.

This past weekend several cities around Fayette County and Coweta County celebrated the arrival of Christmas by doing a town lighting ceremony. People from all over bundled up to brave the wet, cold weather to enjoy the festivities and await the grand finale, the plugging in of the town’s Christmas tree.
It never ceases to amaze me the magic of twinkle lights. How it brings to everyone together no matter their age. Big or small, everyone still oohs and ahhs over the sudden burst of that first light of the Christmas tree. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time they are seeing it, or if they have seen it a million times, it never ceases to amaze them.
Aside from the town festivities involved with the lighting of the Christmas tree, this is the time of year that people hustle and bustle to get their own houses decorated for the Christmas season. Many start the on the afternoon of Thanksgiving; others wait until the day after or later into the Thanksgiving weekend, but it is inevitable that if there are lights to be put up on houses you will see many a man a husband on the roof dutifully hanging lights at their wives requests.
My husband and I have never been ones to hang lights. In fact it wasn’t until a few years ago that we displayed any lights outside at all. Partly out of laziness and partly because we just didn’t have the desire. A few years ago we broke down and bought some twinkle lights of our own. My husband refused to get up on the roof to hang lights, so to compromise we bought stand up lighted trees to put outside. It was the best I could do. I also got a few lighted window clings to hang in the windows that face the street and put them on timers so as not to forget to plug them in and turn them off each night. It’s not a big display but still, whenever I pull into the driveway after dark my breath catches in my throat a little at the awesomeness and wonder of the twinkling lights.
One of my favorite things since I was a child was to drive around the individual neighborhoods seeing what other people had done with their Christmas light displays. Some are extravagant, others are a simple string around a window or across the roofline, but all are beautiful. There is a peaceful and calming feeling that comes over one as they stare at the lights. The magic of the twinkle lights just transports you to a whole new world, a world in which no one is at war and all is peaceful. For some reason twinkle lights just have a special hold on many people. Maybe it reminds them of their youth, or a happier time in their life, or perhaps they are making new memories with their family at that very moment. One can never know, but what I do know is that the hold the magic of the twinkle lights has on people only happens but once a year, making Christmas truly a very magical time. I hope everyone’s holiday season is as magical as mine!