Christmas Lights Make Me Happy

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

lights in the zocalo
Zocalo, Mexico City

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

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.

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.

niagra falls
Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls

Christmas decorating spikes dopamine.

City of Digital Lights, Malaysia

Decorations help us channel our younger, more innocent selves.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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