Christmas Lights Make Me Happy

I have had the opportunity to travel and experience extravagant Christmas light displays.

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Zocalo, Mexico City

Some of the greatest gifts aren’t found under the tree.

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Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco – A childhood favorite

Whether you stay in and light up all your fairy lights, or head into town and walk down a street filled with Christmas lights, you are sure to feel the romance of Christmas.

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Champs-Elysees, Paris – I’ve visited the City of Love many times over

Chromotherapy (color therapy) is thought to increase energy levels and boost happiness.

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Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls

Christmas decorating spikes dopamine.

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City of Digital Lights, Malaysia

Decorations help us channel our younger, more innocent selves.

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Shiodome Caretta Illumination, Tokyo

Some research has also shown that people will think you’re more sociable and friendlier if you have Christmas decorations up.

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Monte Carlo, Monaco – Rode the train through Monte Carlo

The holiday season stirs up a sense of nostalgia. Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity.

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Butchart Gardens, Victoria – A must-see anytime of year

If you had less than a happy childhood, remember that the spirit of a woman to speak light into darkness can change a whole family’s history.

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Home Sweet Home – Eugene, Oregon

With so much anger in the world these days, it’s hard to resent anyone who seeks to make it even a little bit brighter.

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Notre Dame, Paris (My daughter and I saw the “Dame de Coeur” in November of 2017. While not a Christmas show, the light and sound show was spectacular!

May you brighten a stranger’s life this season.

~ Just L (November 29, 2018)

Author’s Note: The California Christmas Lights tracks Bay Area holiday light displays, including some homes that have earned “must see” designations over the years for their spirited, over-the-top displays.

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