I have had the opportunity to travel and experience extravagant Christmas light displays.
Some of the greatest gifts aren’t found under the tree.
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.
Chromotherapy (color therapy) is thought to increase energy levels and boost happiness.
Christmas decorating spikes dopamine.
Decorations help us channel our younger, more innocent selves.
Some research has also shown that people will think you’re more sociable and friendlier if you have Christmas decorations up.
The holiday season stirs up a sense of nostalgia. Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity.
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.
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.
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.